Amboise was first a medieval fortress until it became the King’s residence under the reigns of Charles the eighth and François the first (end of 15th century to beginning of 16th century). Many literary people have stayed in the castle on the King’s invitation, including Leonardo Da Vinci, whose remains are now in the chapel of the castle.
Leonardo was invited to France by François the first, probably after the death of his protector, Julien de Médicis, in 1516. Leonardo arrived at the court when he was sixty four years old and he stayed in the manor of the Cloux (le Clos Lucé) and he earn seven hundred gold crowns.
Booking compulsory: Meet us every day at the tourist office of Blois | Chambord to visit
Property of the Crown, then royal residence, Chenonceau Castle is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women, who were all extraordinary and who, for the most part have marked history.
For the historical background, the “Château des Dames” was built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, and successively embellished by Diane de Poitiers then Catherine de Medici. Chenonceau was protected from the hardship of the revolution by Madame Dupin.
The mushroom cellar
This is the only cellar in the world where every variety of mushroom is cultivated, 50 meters below the surface of the ground. The cultivation extends over 120 km of galleries and 7 stories.
The visit of the mushroom cellar lasts about one hour. You can visit the cellar alone or you can get a twin ticket to visit the Tuffeau stone quarry and its underground town.
At the end of your visit you can go to the souvenir shop where you will discover homemade products, souvenirs and many regional specialties.
Troglo Gusto Cellar
You will taste the vintage wines from the Loire Valley with a
specialist. Steff will bring you around his former Tuffeau stone quarry, followed by the tasting of his products and of a local recipe (1 hour).