Château Gaillard is Amboise's forgotten royal palace from the first Renaissance.
1496: during his first Italian campaign, the young King Charles VIII was enchanted by the beauty of Italian cities and palaces.
Charles VIII convainc 22 « Gens de Mestiers », experts en leur art individuel Charles VIII convinced 22 “Gens de Mestiers” (artisan artists), experts in their individual arts of ceramics, sculpture, glazing, masonry, and carpentry, to come to Amboise and found the first Renaissance there.
On his return, Charles VIII laid out a royal estate on the banks of the River Amasse. The master gardener Dom Pacello da Mercogliano created the first gardens of the French Renaissance and acclimatised the first orange trees in France. Thereafter, all the "illustrious figures" of the 16th century owned this marvellous and magical place. Discover the portraits!
Italy's first conqueror
He was almost an emperor
Anne de Bretagne
The only woman to be married to two Kings of France
He used his palazzotto as a base for hunting trips in Amboise Forest.
Anne de Pascaris
A Maid of Honour and wife of René of Savoy
The Cardinal de Guise
With Catherine de' Medici, he organised secret meetings aimed at undoing the Amboise Conspiracy in 1560, the "first Saint Barthèlemy".
Catherine de Medicis
She greatly loved Château Gaillard
He spent his honeymoon with Mary Stuart.
René of Savoy
Uncle of François I and victor at the Battle of Marignano
Leonardo da Vinci
He loved to walk along this dale that adjoins Le Clos Lucé
Diane de Poitiers
Favourite of Henri II and owner of land at Château Gaillard
Claude de France
Wife of François I. Pacello grew the "Reine Claude" plum in her honour