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Leonardo da Vinci's garden at Clos Lucé

Leonardo da Vinci's garden at Clos Lucé

Leonardo da Vinci came to live in France at the request of King Francis I, a fervent admirer of this exceptional man. The king installed Leonardo da Vinci at the Château du Clos Lucé, an arrow throw from the Royal Château d'Amboise, where he lived until the end of his life. The gardens, open to visitors, were designed as a tribute to the artist and the scientist who drew all his inspiration from the observation of nature. It is an enchanting walk in a magical and surprising universe that awaits the visitor. The latter can discover all the flowers drawn by the painter, as well as the famous 2-level bridge, the machines, the concepts, the fabrics, and much more. An avant-garde garden, as Leonardo da Vinci could be in his time. Barely 1 hour from Paris, 20 km from Tours, this garden opens its doors to visitors from mid-March to mid-November.

Leonardo da Vinci's garden at Clos Lucé


Le Clos Lucé Anatomical sketches and majestic trees. These surprising settings accompany walkers throughout their journey.

Leonardo da Vinci's garden at Clos Lucé


Le Clos Lucé At the entrance to the site, a two-level bridge, twenty meters long, designed by Leonardo da Vinci and produced by craftsmen who are duty-bound with the techniques of the time.

Leonardo da Vinci's garden at Clos Lucé


Le Clos Lucé Footbridges, taken from Leonardo da Vinci's military sketches, were built to span the marshes. The edges of the Loire are wet and marshy. The garden respects this ecosystem.

Leonardo da Vinci's garden at Clos Lucé


Le Clos Lucé The hanging canvases of portraits of Leonardo da Vinci in the undergrowth make the walk even more interesting.

Leonardo da Vinci's garden at Clos Lucé


Le Clos Lucé It is possible to take a boat trip on the marshes for the bravest. The others will walk along the stream.

Leonardo da Vinci's garden at Clos Lucé


Le Clos Lucé When the mist rises from the ground, the garden takes on mysterious airs.

Leonardo da Vinci's garden at Clos Lucé


Le Clos Lucé A little further on, you can see the two-level bridge, in all respects in accordance with Leonardo da Vinci's plans. Leonardo imagined it after the ravages of the plague in Italy.