Few places in France offer as clear a picture of the country’s long history than Lyon, the capital of the Rhone-Alpes region bordering Switzerland and Italy. Spared from major natural and man-made disasters throughout its long 2,000-year history, Lyon’s rich and varied past is on full display in the city’s historic neighborhoods. From the Renaissance courtyards of Vieux Lyon to Fourvière hill where the Romans first settled in 43 B.C., each of Lyon’s districts, or “arrondissements,” offers a unique experience to visitors.
Many of the top attractions in Lyon are illuminated at night, earning Lyon the nickname of Capital of Lights. Home to some of the finest chefs in the world, the city is also known as the capital of gastronomy, offering travelers yet another tasty reason to visit lovely Lyon.