Situated between the rivers Saone and Rhone, the ancient capital of silk and printing, Lyon has become one of the major cities of France and Europe today, not only economically and gastronomically but also, which delights the Lyonnais, on the cultural level.
Lyon is the second largest urban area (2,291,763 inhabitants in 2015) in France.
The city of Lyon is an important player on both the national as well as European stage with its importance in the cultural, banking, financial, commercial, technological, pharmaceutical, and even the arts and entertainment sectors making it a worldly city. It has maintained an important architectural heritage from the Roman era to the twentieth century through the Renaissance and, as such, the neighbourhoods of old Lyon, Fourvière hill and the Croix Rousse hill are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Finally, Lyon is also the second largest student city in France, with four universities and many prestigious schools