Lyon is the third largest city in France and enjoys a privileged and strategic position at the meeting of the Rhône and the Saône Rivers. Since its beginnings in Roman times, when it was called Lugdunum, it has had a rich history and it has been an industrial and financial hub for the last five centuries. The city has also a reputation for its quality restaurants and great local wines. Shopping is refined and plentiful. At night the city comes alive with an impressive scene and its LGBT offering is also pretty huge. Most venues are located in the centre, in the 1st Arrondissement.