Petit Futé's opinion on CATERPILLAR CASTLE
"Its almost discreet charm is that of a private home, and by chance it was mainly a woman's home" Marguerite Yourcenar.
Chenonceau, the unforgettable castle, inspired primarily by a Venetian palace, its architecture is unique in the world. A masterpiece of the Renaissance, Chenonceau is also exceptional for the richness of its collections and its history. In 1513, Katherine Briçonnet directed the building work. Then, it was successively embellished by Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of King Henry II, the initiator of the bridge, and by Catherine de Medici who imagined the two refined galleries spanning the river, like the Ponte Vecchio in Florence..
It was Francis I who married the Florentine with his son Henry II. This illustrious queen will shine in Chenonceau and at the French court all the Italian splendour. This dream home has always been her favourite residence. She created a "corner of Tuscany" and planted a vineyard...
"Tasting under the Stars" on Saturday 18 July, a not-to-be-missed event in the Loire Valley, features the winegrowers of the Touraine Chenonceau AOC for tastings offered free of charge in the main courtyard of the monument and in the Grand Gallery, open exceptionally at night.
L'Orangerie, the château's gastronomic restaurant, offers an exceptional dinner in harmony with "food and wine" by reservation.
Summer in Chenonceau. Boat hire, night-time strolls in the illuminated gardens, exceptional dinners at the Orangery, tastings in the Cave des Dômes, original visits by reservation...
Visit the Queen's Apothecary, the only one in a Loire Valley castle.
New illuminations of Diane de Poitiers' garden.
Opening of the "Cabinet de Chenonceau", a cabinet of curiosities created by Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the 18th century.
Christmas 2020: Chenonceau will unveil a "Paradis Royal".
Information on CATERPILLAR CASTLE
Open every day all year round, from 9am to 7pm in high season. Adult: €15. Child (from 7 to 18 years old): €12. Group (20 people): €12. Self-guided tour with brochure. Audio-guided visit. Free parking and lockers. Restaurant. Shop. Pet friendly.
Services offered by CATERPILLAR CASTLE
Accessible aux fauteuils roulants
Accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite
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