The wonderful Chateau de Chenonceau is the most visited historical monument in the whole of France, after the Château de Versailles. Unmissable stop during the tour of the Loire. Or, simply, the ideal place to spend a day between history, nature and culture.
An absolutely magical place, which conquers at first glance. And it could not be otherwise. The splendid Renaissance Castle, is reflected, majestic, on the water. The white stone and the surrounding vegetation give it a truly fairytale appearance.
And then, all to admire what was the home of Diana de Poitiers and the many noblewomen who had succeeded over the years. And it is precisely on these female figures that the Castle has built its history and its beauty. Not surprisingly, Chateau de Chenonceau is also nicknamed the Castle of the Ladies. Women who, over the years, have embellished, protected all with their smartphone, or the camera, ready to capture the best foreshortening and the best light.
But Chateau de Chenonceau is also a place full of treasures. Great masterpieces of the European masters of painting from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, are guarded here. And large furniture, rooms and lounges that can make people understand the importance of the place.
HOW TO GET
Tours it is the ideal base to start discovering this marvelous and fascinating Castle, just a little more than 30 kilometers from the city.
Chenonceaux has an important train station, located just 500 meters from the Castle. Those who do not want to use their own car will have no difficulty in reaching the Castle by public transport. Everyday, SNCF guarantees connections from Tours in TER; the train takes about 29 minutes for connection, and the ticket costs 7.00 € per person. Reservations at a special price, from here.
By car, from Paris, follow the A10 following the signs for Amboise.
Grandiose rooms, furniture, paintings, tapestries ... Chateau de Chenonceau holds many important works of art.
Rubens, Primatice, Tintoretto, Correggio, Van Loo, Murillo, Clouet, Sassoferrato, Andrea del Sarto, Ribalta, Nattier, Veronese, Poussin, Van Dyck, Bassano, Zurbaran ... There are masterpieces painted by the greatest masters of the XVI century, XVII and XVIII.
Among the most emblematic pieces of the castellopotrete admire La stanza delle guardie, the beautiful chapel, saved during the French revolution; and, again, the green toilet, the rooms of Diane de Poitiers and Caterina de 'Medici, the Gallery, the living rooms of François 1er and Louis XIV
In the splendid Galleria dei Medici, on the first floor of the Castle, you will find an unpublished collection of paintings, tapestries, furniture and objects of art.
The splendid Gardens are one of the strengths of visiting the Castle. Beautiful, treated to the smallest detail in order to make all the surrounding landscape unique.
The majestic and evocative gardens of Diane de Poitiers represent one of the jewels of Chateau de Chenonceau. Raised terraces, meadows, shrubs, roses .... a perfect and evocative combination.
The Gardens of Caterina de 'Medici offer spectacular views of the west facade of the castle, in a harmony of colors and scents.
Do not miss the new fenced garden inspired by the sketches of one of the greatest contemporary landscape designers: Russell Page. Opening scheduled for the 2018 summer.
TIMETABLES AND TICKETS
Chenonceau Castle It is open every day of the year, including Sundays and holidays, with the following times:
from November to April, from 09: 30 to 17: 00 / 17: 30.
May, June, September and October, from 09: 00 to 18: 30 / 19: 00.
July and August, from 09: 00 to 19: 30.
Entry is allowed within 30 minutes of closure.
The ticket, at full fare, costs € 14.00. Children from 7 to 18 years, and students up to 27 years (with a card certifying status) pay the reduced fee of 11.00 €. FREE for children under the age of 7 not completed.
Through this link, you can buy your SALTALAFILA ticket without any commission. Thus, you will avoid long queues at the ticket office.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Hotel la Roseraie It is one of the best quality-price solutions for sleeping in Chenonceaux. Housed in a building of the 18 century, it is located just 400 meters from the Chateau of Chenonceau and 32 km from the Beauval Zoo. The property offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant, a bar and free private parking.
Rooms at Hotel La Roseraie are air conditioned and come with a flat-screen TV and a telephone. The modern en suite bathrooms include a hairdryer and free toiletries. Book your room, from this link, at the best price.
La Family house it is more than just an alternative to staying in the center. In a privileged position, just 200 meters from the Castle, it offers comfortable rooms, free parking and Wi-Fi. Info and reservations from here.
Chateau de Chenonceau can be visited easily in a single day. Whoever wants, can find many offers in Tours. More info from here.