An exceptional Renaissance and medieval heritage ... It looks like Italy with its narrow streets lined with colorful facades ... Old Lyon is a real source of escape!
Take a stroll through Vieux Lyon and discover the beauties of this district, which has been classified as a World Heritage Site since 1998!
Vieux Lyon is the medieval and Renaissance district of Lyon. At the foot of the Fourvière hill, it stretches over 24 hectares along the right bank of the Saône.
The ideal is to cover it by foot.
At the edge of its cobbled and narrow streets stand magnificent Renaissance buildings with terracotta roofs. Some are pierced with traboules, these famous passages between buildings that lead to another street. Take these passages and see how they reveal their secrets to you : hidden places of life, interior courtyards, house entrances ... The first traboules, built in the 4th century, were then used to quickly reach the Saône; in the 18th century they were very useful to the Canuts (silk weavers) who borrowed them to easily transport the goods around the weaving workshops.
This district of Vieux Lyon undoubtedly benefits from an Italian architectural imprint. But do you know why? Well quite simply, this is explained by the royal marriage between Catherine de Medici, born in Florence, and Francis I, second son of the King of France. It is thanks to their union that Lyon can be proud of this sublime heritage.
Three neighborhoods in one!
The heart of Lyon, a stone's throw from Vieux Lyon
Access and transport
Vieux Lyon can be visited all year round. Pedestrian access is free.
Coming from Paris by the A6 take exit 39a Vieux Lyon. Continue straight on Quai Fulchiron (right bank of the Saône) to Parking Saint-Jean.Coming from the south via the A7, take the La Mulatière exit then keep the leftmost lane to go up Quai Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Quai des Etroits then Quai Fulchiron to Parking Saint-Jean.
Vieux Lyon is served by the Vieux Lyon - Cathédrale Saint-Jean metro station. There is also the funicular to get to Notre-Dame de Fourvière basilica and the ancient theater of Lyon on the hill.
Our selection of accommodations
Guylhostière, classé 4 épis aux Gîtes de France
in LYON 7E ARRONDISSEMENT - Rhône
Fenêtres sur (la) Cour 2
in LYON 6E ARRONDISSEMENT - Rhône
La Villa des Lumières
in LYON 8E ARRONDISSEMENT - Rhône
Our new accommodations
La P'tite Maison
in CHAPONNAY - Rhône
La Grange du Mathy
in THURINS - Rhône
Les Paquerettes d'Inette
in NEYRON - Ain