The third largest city of France is a modern industrial and commercial metropolis with heavy traffic and dreary suburbs. Nevertheless, Lyon is worth a visit: The Old Town is one of the best preserved Renaissance ensembles in Europe. Narrow streets and covered passageways lead through its center. There is also a lively cultural and culinary scene. The cuisine is varied, probably because of the proximity to the Alps and commercial relations to the Mediterranean. North and south of the city lie the world-famous wine-growing regions Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône.