Saint-Etienne, known as the city of 7 hills, the “City of Art and History” and UNESCO “Creative City of Design”. As it entered the 21st century, Saint-Etienne, which is mostly known as a university city and an industrial area, has become a UNESCO city of design. Well known in France for the good and warn welcome give to anyone visiting, Saint-Etienne urban area counts 400 000 inhabitants, among them 25 000 students. At only 45 minutes by train from Lyon, Saint-Etienne is ideally situated for visiting the Alps, the Côte d’Azur and Paris. The department in charge of organizing cultural and sport activities will make you discover the city and its region.