See & Do

Presqu'île

This peninsula-shaped piece of land looks different from the rest of Lyon with wide boulevards, pedestrian-only streets and grand open squares framed by mansions. Duck into one of the many cafes and bouchons.

69002 Lyon, France

See & Do

Vieux Lyon

Vieux Lyon, or Old Town, is the city's most historical district. About 400 Traboules, or 15th-century passageways, create a labyrinth-like network of shortcuts with inner courtyards and arched porticos.

Rue Du Boeuf, 69005 Lyon, France

See & Do

Croix-Rousse Murals

Murals in Lyon are mostly painted in the trompe l'oeil style, which means to fool the eye. It works. The Silk Workers Wall, depicting everyday life on the Croix-Rousse, is the largest mural of its kind in Europe.

Boulevared de la Croix Rousse, 69004 Lyon, France

See & Do

Place des Terreaux

The 2 buildings that define the city -- the ornate city hall and the opera house -- face each other right off of the Place des Terreaux. Today, the Opéra de Lyon is home to the ballet as well as innovative, modern dance.

Place de la Comédie, 69001 Lyon, France

Sleep

Villa Florentine

Villa Florentine sits high on a hill overlooking Lyon. This heavenly hotel was converted from a 17th-century chapel, with a breathtaking lobby, and fresco-like paintings and panels hanging like tapestries from the ceiling and spacious rooms.

25 Montée Saint-Barthélemy, 69005 Lyon, France

Eat

Café des Fédérations

Café des Fédérations may be the city's oldest bouchon serving traditional fare like boudin (blood sausage), gras-double (pig intestines) and andouillette (more pig intestines). The atmosphere is warm and the prices are reasonable.

8-10 Rue du Major Martin, 69001 Lyon, France