Historically the first suburb of the west of Lugdunum (Lyon), Francheville is today the greenest town in the Metropole, with Roman roads linking the city centre.
Francheville is the most wooded city in Greater Lyon. The Yzeron valley, with its old mills and marked trails, is a welcoming green setting for city-dwellers.
Half an hour walk from the city centre is the popular Aqueduct of the Gier, an ancient Roman aqueduct constructed in the 1st century AD to provide water for the town of Lyon. It is the longest and best preserved of four Roman aqueducts that served the growing capital of the Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis. It drew its water from the source of the Gier.
How to get around?
It is rather easy to walk around the small town of Francheville, but if you wish to get to other villages around the area you will need a car as there isn’t much public transport around the area.
The train station Francheville is a railway station located on the line Paray-le-Monial – Givors. It is one of the service stations that connects Lyon St-Paul - Brignais.
The closest airport is in Lyon (LYS) for commercial flights only, and one Business Airport Bron that only covers business trips and therefore is not served by regular airlines.