Ancient Roman Theaters in Lyon

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Lyon was an important Roman settlement and the provincial capital of Roman Gaul. You can still see evidence of its ancient past in the Fourvière district of the city, where not one, but two, well-preserved Roman theaters stand. See below to find out more about these ancient performance venues. 

Ancient Theater of Fourvière 
The larger and older of Lyon’s two ancient theaters, this semicircular theater dates back to about 15 BC. In centuries past, the venue was probably used to stage gladiatorial battles in front of audiences of up to 10,000 people. Now, it mostly functions as a historic attraction, though it’s occasionally put to use: Every year in June and July, during the annual Nuits de Fourvière festival, the theater hosts a range of music, theater, dance, circus, and opera events. 

Odeon
The smaller of the pair, the Odeon theater dates back to around AD 161. In its heyday, it hosted poetry readings and music recitals, and most likely would have been covered by a roof, though no remnants of that remain. This type of theater was common during ancient Greek and Roman times, and is one of only two such theaters in the Gaul region to have survived. The other Odeon theater is in Vienne, south of Lyon. 
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Lyon City Card

Maximize your time in the vibrant Lyon with a Lyon City Card, your passport for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonders of the city. Explore esteemed museums at your own pace and receive free admission to 22 of Lyon’s most popular cultural institutions. Enjoy free guided tours and river cruises; purchase souvenirs in sophisticated shops at a discount; and see free concerts and puppet shows with your indispensable card. Select from either a 1-, 2- 3-day or 4 day pass and receive a free brochure and map-guide to the city when you collect your card.
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3-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Lyon With Visit to Silk Workshop

With beautiful architecture and a silk-weaving history dating back centuries, Lyon ranks among France’s must-see cities. On this morning or afternoon guided walking tour, stroll through the Old Town to the UNESCO–listed Notre-Dame de Fourvière Basilica, and hit top attractions including Bellecour Square and St. Jean's Cathedral. Visit a traditional Lyonnais silk workshop, and gain insight into the silk-weaving industry that helped shape the city we see today.
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E-Bike Tour with Food Tasting and Paul Bocuse Markets

Lyon ranks among France’s most beautiful cities, with impressive architecture and quintessentially French culture—but hitting the main sites of interest on foot in a day is a challenge. On this tour, spin through the city by electric bike with your guide, and reach top attractions such as Bellecour Square, the UNESCO–listed Old Town, and the Tête d'Or botanical gardens with ease—with free time to explore on foot at your own pace.
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3-Hour Lyon E-Bike Tour Basilique and Roman Theatre

Discover Lyon efficiently and effortlessly on a 3-hour e-bike tour. Ample bike paths and an electric motor allow you to traverse the city terrain without getting winded, while still enjoying the outdoors. Enjoy guided commentary as you cruise through Old Town, Bellecour, and more. Find out how silk is made at a local workshop. You’re free to pause the tour at anytime to take photos or explore independently.
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Lyon Panoramic - Electric bike Tour

Lyon’s vibrant neighborhoods, historic landmarks, and scenic Rhône riverfront offer a picturesque backdrop for a bike tour. On this tour, explore further on an energy-conserving electric bike, zip to the top of Fourvière Hill and Croix-Rousse Hill, and enjoy magnificent views over Lyon.
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Discovery Tour on an electrical bike 2h00 The 2 hills

During this ride, you will be using our Electric Bike. It is a chance to discover very easily every nook and cranny of Lyon! As easy to use as a classical bike, the Electric Bike will enable you to enjoy your ride leisurely by providing adjustable help according to your needs. Adult size only (>1m50). Please contact us for any questions.
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