This castle is located on a hill overlooking the Loire River, the Ile d'Or, and the medieval town of Amboise. For fans Leonardo da Vinci, near the castle there is the small chapel of Saint-Hubert where the remains of this great scholar and artist lay at rest. He had spent a short time in the area, in the Castle Clos-Lucé under the invitation of Francis I. Although it has undergone many reconstructions, this castle played a key role in the region's history.
Amboise is the ideal base for touring the Loire Valley. The village itself has two important places to visit (the castle of Amboise and Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci lived). From this town you can visit: Chambord, Chenonceau, the cities of Tours and Blois, Cheverny, Fougeres sur Bievre, Chaumont and Azay le Rideau.
The Castle is the Clos Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life. The entire interior of the mansion can be visited. Despite the fact that entry is very expensive, it is well worth a visit. Access is quite well signposted, but far from the Royal Castle and up a fairly steep hill. Inside the house you can view the fully furnished rooms. The most interesting part however is the basement, where you can see lots of models of Leonardo's inventions, each with a card explaining its function. Some are even operational in order to illustrate the explanation. A replica of the famous Mona Lisa painting can be seen. If you are in the area do not miss this interesting mansion.
If you are going to visit the castle of Amboise and Leonardo da Vinci's grave at the Clos-Lucé, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the island of Ile d'or ("golden island") just outside the city, especially if it's sunny. A picnic there is really a much better and cheaper than any restaurant in downtown Amboise: coming across the bridge to the castle, turn right, and you'll see large fields, a swimming pool, football fields, playgrounds, and cool, breezy river banks. Perfect for a picnic before continuing with the endless castle route by bike, bus, or car.
The Leonardo da Vinci Park is part of the Castle of Clos Lucé. It is made up of vast gardens where you can see life-size recreations of some of Leonardo´s inventions. In addition, there are also several mechanisms that have to be pulled by a simple switch. There is a picnic area with trees and drinks machines, plus some bars and restaurants. We had not brought sandwiches with us, so when we finished the visit, we ate at a creperie nearby in L'Amboisserie. It is worth booking at least an hour to tour the park with ease and look at all the inventions, some are well hidden!
The clock tower was originally the main gate of Amboise during the fifteenth century, when it was constructed. It is located on Rue National, a pedestrian street with shops and cafes, which leads to the square where you will find the Royal Castle of Amboise [/ POI]. It is a very curious monument.
The Church of Saint Denis is situated in the pretty village of Amboise, in the Loire Valley. It is a small church with Romanesque architecture, built in the fou4thrth century and can be visited for free. It is located a little away from the areas that receive more visitors, such as the area where the Royal Castle can be found, but you can reach it on foot from the center in a few minutes.
It was amazing to find that place, it was the last stop after visiting all the castles and we could see them in miniature, or even see some that we had not yet visited. It is 100% recommended for both children and adults, and there are activities such as plays and a small zoo. One of my favorite sites to visit the route of the Loire.
It is located on the outskirts of the city of Amboise. Chanteloup Pagoda is a typical Chinese building. Is 44 meters high, 7 floors up and you must walk a spiral staircase to get even closer. That's right ... the view from the seventh floor is beautiful.