Le Clos Lucé

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Amboise , France
Street 2 rue du Clos Lucé
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adult/child €13.50/8.50
Opening hours
9am-7pm Feb-Oct, 10am-6pm Nov-Jan
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Lonely Planet review

Leonardo da Vinci took up residence at this grand manor house in 1516 on the invitation of François I, who was greatly enamoured of the Italian Renaissance. Already 64 by the time he arrived, da Vinci spent his time sketching, tinkering and dreaming up new contraptions, scale models of which are now abundantly displayed throughout the home and its expansive gardens. Visitors can see the rooms where da Vinci worked and the bedroom where drew his last breath on 2 May 1519.