The last residence of Leonardo da Vinci. Built in 1471 the pink brick and freestone façade characterises elegant fifteenth century architecture. Charles VIII’s royal estate, the Clos was used as a summer residence by French kings for 200 years. A residence of Louise of Savoy and her children, the Duke of Angouleme, future François I and his sister Marguerite of Navarre, it welcome the illustrious Leonardo da Vinci in 1516. The painter and friend of François I remained here until his death in 1519.
The incredibly rich museum and park designed by Jean Saint Bris are dedicated to the master of La Joconde. The “engines and machinery” displayed in the heart of nature are in homage to the visionary genius that Leonardo da Vinci was. www.vinci-closluce.com
L’Auberge du Prieuré. Located within the Clos Lucé – this restaurant, complete with terrace and garden, hosts “period meals” in the Renaissance theme. 2 rue du Clos Lucé – 37400 Amboise.