Saulieu, once "Sidolocus" was built at the intersection of two ancient Roman ways. The activity and the reputation of the city come from those route which placed Saulieu as a stage town since Gallo-Roman era.
Some prestigious visitors took a step here, such as François 1st or the marquess of Sévigné.
Then, since 1936, thanks to the birth of paid vacations, the French started to go on holidays. As a stage town, Saulieu develloped its activity about hotels and restaurants.
With the built of the highway A6, Saulieu become out of regulars way to go on holidays but the city still keep its activity.