When is the best time to enjoy a stroll in Saint-Jean?
People often stroll in the St Jeanarea on Sundays. It is a mediaeval district that is enjoying something of a rebirth, with the cathedral and its newly restored facade. Bright, fresh and attractive.
Naturally, when visiting the district, you just can't miss the traboules. Actually, I'll take that back, you can miss them if the doors are closed...
The traboules are a series of passages which lead you from one street to another running parallel to it, built back in the Renaissance period between the 14th and 16th centuries.
What makes the district so special?
The squares, the traboules, the architecture with the "loggias", the Renaissance turrets and naturally the presence of great Italian families who set up home here.
Some of them are very famous, like the Gadagnes. That reminds me of an expression you don't hear very often in Lyon anymore: "Rich as Gadagne".
There are also plenty of other charming places, such as the traboule in Rue St Jean that leads to Rue des trois Maries and which has been restored over the years.