2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance in Loire Valley – a period with two distinct faces. On one hand, the Renaissance is a celebration of artistic development and opening up to the world, including the discovery of the Americas in 1942. And yet, it also represents a culture that led to numerous clashes in religion, which resulted in Francis I of France to win the Battle of Marignano in 1515.
However you see it, there’s cause for celebration. Throughout the year, a rich programme of events is taking place in the Loire to mark this historic occasion while creating a dialogue between history and the future.
Renaissance events not to miss
- The Loire Valley will be celebrating 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci’s death, and the festivities will begin at the Chateau du Clos Lucé, the Italian genius’ last residence. An exhibition will run from June to September where visitors will be treated to a tapestry of the famous Last Supper. Running from June to September, the chateau will also host gastronomical evenings to celebrate the Renaissance fare.
- Adding a touch of magic, Valençay Chateau will host a series of events from May to October, but the one we love the most: Chandelles de la Renaissance. The event will see the chateau and its gardens glow by candlelight, and if it were us, we wouldn’t hesitate for a single second.
- Granted, the Renaissance isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. So use your time in the Loire Valley to rediscover the region for everything it’s worth. 3 UNESCO (the Bourges and Chartres cathedrals as well as the Loire Valley itself), 6 cities of art and history, 65 museums, and 70 parks and gardens.
Family Friendly Loire Valley
If we were to hazard a guess as to what one word was most often used to describe the Loire Valley, we reckon it would be fairytale. Which may help explain the region’s appeal for children: The wonderfully exuberant architecture – all turrets, towers and mist-shrouded moats – gives the impression that a fire-breathing dragon, gallant knight or spell-casting wizard could show up at any minute. So if there’s a time to visit the Loire, it’s now. We’ve created a nifty map showcasing the regions best offerings. From historical sites, park and gardens, things to do & wine routes (because we don’t want parents to miss out either). Enjoy!
Looking for more? We have seriously impressive chateaux in the Loire Valley that will complement your historic holiday. Get in touch with our concierge team to discover more about the region and what it has to offer.