The Rhône departement is in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region
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Famous for the river Rhone and wines, there is also much industry along the river banks.
The river Saone joins the Rhone in the city of Lyon.
Towns and cities
The river Saône joins the Rhône in the heart of the city and almost creats an island. The Roman ruins and early buildings are to be found on the right bank of the Saone. Lugdunum, which was the Roman name for the town began 100 years B.C. The rivers providing commercial importance, trade routes to and from the Mediterranean, and also natural defense.