Amboise

En balade dans la cité d'Amboise - J. Damase Amboise

King François I, Leonardo da Vinci and 45 mini-châteaux

François I and Leonardo da Vinci… Both chose to reside at length in Amboise... and they certainly had good taste!

François I, the aesthete and builder, spent the greater part of his youth and the early part of his reign here. He held feast after feast in his château.

Just nearby, another personality awaits our visit: the great Leonardo da Vinci. The painter of the Mona Lisa was invited by François I and spent the last years of his life at Le Clos Lucé. Visitors to his château can discover the paintings and inventions of this multifaceted genius.

Just 5km from there, Amboise boasts another amazing monument, the Pagoda of Chanteloup. This 44-metre high conical tower ordered by the Duke of Choiseul in 1775 offers a marvellous view of the Loire Valley.

If you don’t have a head for heights, however, another possibility might be the Mini-Châteaux Theme Park. Set in 2 hectares of landscaped grounds with 2,000 miniature trees (bonsais) there are 45 models of the most beautiful châteaux of the Loire on a scale of 1 to 30.

Royal Château of Amboise

Amboise - 37400

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From 11.50 €

The medieval fortress of Amboise became a royal residence during the reigns of King Charles VIII and François I. Its renown attracted artists such as Leonardo da Vinci who is buried in the chapel. The château is an icon of French history and almost all of France’s rulers stayed her (...)

  • Accueil vélo
  • Démarche d'excellence grands sites
  • Entrez dans la Cour des Grands
  • Parcs et Jardins en région Centre
  • Site Ambassadeur Unesco
  • Vignobles et Découvertes
  • Jardin remarquable
  • La Loire à Vélo
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Château of Clos Lucé - Leonardo da Vinci Park

Amboise - 37400

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From 13.50 €

Tour of Leonardo da Vinci’s house. New! His restored studios! Explore Renaissance rooms, murals by his students and 40 models of his fabulous machines. Introductory journey on the landscaped trail, real outdoor museum featuring 20 models and canvases as well as 8 audio points (early (...)

  • Accueil vélo
  • Démarche d'excellence grands sites
  • Entrez dans la Cour des Grands
  • Parcs et Jardins en région Centre
  • Vignobles et Découvertes
  • La Loire à Vélo
  • Qualité Tourisme

Pagoda of Chanteloup

Amboise - 37400

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From 9.70 €

In a 14 hectare park with its ornemental lake, the Pagoda (built in 1775) is all that remains of the great château belonging to the Duke of Choiseul.

  • Entrez dans la Cour des Grands
  • Parcs et Jardins en région Centre
  • Vignobles et Découvertes
  • Qualité Tourisme