Viva Leonardo da Vinci !

1519 – 2019 500 years of Renaissance in the Centre-Val de Loire.


Since 2017, the ambition of the Centre-Val de Loire Region has been to make heritage and cultural wealth a cornerstone of the region’s identity and attractiveness. Over the centuries, the region has benefited from the finest creative minds in the history of art and science, enlightened intellectuals and humanists, particularly during the Renaissance.

2019 marked the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise, as well as the birth of Catherine de Medici in Florence and the start of construction of the Royal Château of Chambord. This prestigious heritage in the heart of a region lulled by landscapes listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has benefited from unprecedented development and has been covered by new constructions, of which there are still many witnesses: Chambord, Chenonceau, Blois, Amboise and the Château du Clos Lucé.

Alongside the events at the major sites, more than 1,300 projects will have been proposed as part of a call for initiatives to be labelled by those involved in culture, heritage, tourism, science, the economy and the environment, launched for the occasion in February 2018.

The exceptional programme for 2019 was therefore the result of an unprecedented territorial impetus which aimed to create a dialogue between the periods and the major themes of the Renaissance around four main themes: heritage and history, science and innovation, art and culture, and the art of living and gastronomy.

This effervescence around Leonardo da Vinci has convinced tourists from all over the world and has generated unprecedented tourist and economic appeal. More than 10 million visitors will have come to the region since January 2019 and 11% more tourists than in 2018 will have visited the Centre-Val de Loire thanks to the 500 years of Renaissance(S).

(According to sources of the Regional Tourism Committee)