It was here, at the Château de Clos Lucé, that Leonardo lived out the last years of his life. On the invitation of the king, François I, Leonardo trekked through the Alps with some of his famous masterpieces (including his Mona Lisa), to reach this castle.
WHAT TO SEE?
Visit the rooms of the castle and imagine Leonardo da Vinci himself working and living there. See his bedchamber and workshop. There are also four visitor rooms in the basement which provide information on Leonardo the engineer.
You can also see Leonardo’s garden, an open-air museum. This has been the result of 2 years of research collecting all of Leonardo da Vinci’s work on nature.
Also visit the Park Leonardo da Vinci where you’ll find full-sized models of some of his creations. For example, you can see and interact with the paddle boat, the revolving bridge, the assault chariot and more.
HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?
The Clos Lucé Castle is located one hour from Paris by fast train (TGV) or two hours roughly by car. It is located in the town of Amboise.
Take your time to explore the different rooms of the castle as well as the surrounding gardens. Here you can learn a lot about the history of the castle and about Leonardo da Vinci.
You can complement your visit with a tour of the Castle of Amboise, which is the burial place of Leonardo da Vinci and is located only a few meters away.
- Hours: Vary depending on the month (check here) (usually 9am-5pm)
- Price: High season 15€ (March 1st-Nov 15th) ; Low season 13€ (Nov 16th-Feb 28th)
- Access: TGV from Paris Montparnasse or Paris Austerlitz to Amboise