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Amboise

City of Amboise

This peaceful town is a great place to explore as you wander amongst the boutique-filled streets or along the Loire River. Home to two famous castles: Amboise Castle and Clos Lucé Castle. The former which was home to Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, and where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. The latter which was where da Vinci spent his last days.

Amboise

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WHAT TO SEE?

Don’t miss the Clos Lucé Castle where you can discover so much about Leonardo da Vinci and his work as a painter, engineer, and architect. Also don’t miss the Amboise Castle where da Vinci is buried.

On Friday and Sundays there is a fabulous farmers’ market, one of the biggest in the valley. Great place to find some fresh fruits, veggies, and treats.

Explore the town too of course. Walk near the Loire River, wander the streets and stop in the cute boutique shops. Try some good French food and wine at one of the restaurants.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

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Take you time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of this old, medieval town. Wander at will throughout the streets of Amboise. Enjoy the more calm, slower-paced style of this smaller town.

Also you should try and visit one or both of the castles if possible. They are, after all, so close-by. Become more well-versed in the history and learn about how the Italian Renaissance was brought to the Loire Valley.

You mustn’t miss trying some Loire Valley wine with your meal. This region is known for their fruity and diverse wines.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: N/A. If interested in the castles see their websites.
  • Price: Free to visit the town
  • Access: Train from Paris Montparnasse or Paris Austerlitz to Amboise

 

Additional sightseeings in the Loire Valley

Chenonceau Castle

Clos Lucé Castle

Chenonceau Castle

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Clos Lucé Castle

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.

Loire Valley 2 days

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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?

Loire Valley 2 Days

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.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • 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

 

Additional sightseeings in the Loire Valley

City of Amboise

Azay-Le-Rideau Castle

Chambord Castle