Chateau de Clos Luce may not be the country’s grandest castle, but it’s still gained favor among art and history loving travelers thanks to its notoriety as the official final residence of famed artist Leonardo da Vinci. While the castle was once home to King Francis I, today it stands as a museum to the great painter’s works. Travelers can wander the halls and check out more than 40 models and machines designed by da Vinci, as well as wander the underground tunnel that connects Chateau du Clos Luce to the royal Chateau d’Ambroise.
Chateau du Clos Luce is located at 2 Rue du Clos Luce in Ambroise, about two hours from Paris and 400 meters from the Royal Chateau. It is accessible by train, car or bus. Although the castle is open daily, times vary depending on the month and season.