A Mecca of the French Renaissance, Indre-et-Loire invites you to discover its exceptionally rich heritage, from natural and historical treasures to artistic and architectural jewels. Famous for its Loire castles, remarkable buildings classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it also offers you the presence of exceptional gardens. Tours is one of the most beautiful cities in France, recognized worldwide by UNESCO. Yes, Indre-et-Loire is a department that must be visited. Here, the Renaissance castles -Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Amboise - rub shoulders with the medieval fortresses - Chinon, Loches... The French history courses are repeated in Indre-et-Loire along the Loire, the last wild river in Europe. This destination offers visitors an exceptional historical, architectural and natural heritage, and you will find the mild climate that attracted the kings of France. The history of Château de Chenonceau is marked by an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, embellished, protected, restored and saved it. The Loire and its tributaries have shaped its landscapes and made it a rich land. From the monumental Loire Valley to the bright countryside, between vineyard landscapes and charming villages, each territory displays its own identity

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When to visit this high place of the French Renaissance? Indre-et-Loire invites you all year round to discover its exceptionally rich heritage, from natural and historical treasures to artistic and architectural jewels. Famous for its Loire castles, these remarkable buildings listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Touraine also offers us the presence of its exceptional gardens, its beautiful typical villages, as well as its cities of art and history, a collection of twenty-two castles and major sites that reveal each of the fundamental chapters of French history. Discover their majestic architecture, neat gardens and hidden treasures, through an exciting journey through the splendid scenery of the landscapes.

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Le Château du Clos-Lucé heureux de recevoir à nouveau le public

The Château du Clos Lucé, a lighthouse in Touraine, had had to close its doors following the measures taken by the government to combat the spread of coronavirus. After two months of confinement, it is about to reopen its doors to visitors. This magnificent building in Amboise was the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci. Visitors can see the painter's studio, the library and the study, and children often remain speechless in front of the ...

Réouverture de plusieurs sites en Touraine, dont le château et les jardins de Villandry

While since mid-March, the various cultural and heritage sites have been closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic, Indre-et-loire will reopen about ten sites after signing a common reference framework of sanitary measures with the prefecture. Among these sites is the famous and splendid Château de Villandry and its formal gardens, only a few kilometres by car from the city of Tours. The department is the first in the region to ...

Top 10 des jardins à visiter cet été en France

Summer is just around the corner and it is beginning to be born in the minds of nature lovers. In anticipation of the beautiful season to come, this top 10 is dedicated to the gardens that you absolutely must visit this summer in France, whether they are French or Italian style, under glass or in the park of a castle. Being as close as possible to the trees, plants and flowers is a special moment that helps you forget the grey winter sky and ...

Les 10 plus belles gares de France

Stations are places of reunion, separation or transit, and millions of people pass through them every day. As true emblems of their cities, they are the first scenery that the traveller discovers on arrival. Let's put it in perspective: strikes and delays are in fact the best way to discover the architecture of these often ignored places of passage! Once again this year, Metz station was voted "the most beautiful station in France" in a ...

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