How to Celebrate the French Renaissance’s 500th Anniversary in the Loire Valley

Les ateliers de Léonard de Vinci au Château du Clos Lucé © Léonard de Serres

How to Celebrate Leonardo da Vinci and the French Renaissance’s 500th Anniversary in the Loire Valley

By Lily Heise for TravelAge West

The Loire Valley may just be the top place to visit in France this year — it’s abuzz with an exciting range of events honoring the Renaissance period and its principle doyen, Leonardo da Vinci. A mere two-hour drive or one-hour train ride from Paris, the Loire Valley became the epicenter of France in the 16th century thanks to the arrival of Leonardo da Vinci. Invited by King Francis I, Da Vinci held the title of “the king’s first painter, architect and engineer” for three years and was instrumental in launching the French Renaissance. Read the full article at this link.

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