Discover 3 major summer events in the Loire Valley

Major events are coming this summer in the Loire Valley! Cradle of the Renaissance in France, the region is filled with river, gardens, history and a valley dotted with castles. Famous figures such as François I, Catherine de Médicis and Leonardo da Vinci, celebrated painter and inventor of the Renaissance, have lived in this region steeped in history.

VIVA DA VINCI 2019! 500 YEARS OF RENAISSANCE(S]

The year 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death at Château du Clos-Lucé in Amboise, the beginning of the construction of Château de Chambord and the birth of Catherine de Médicis in Florence. The Loire Valley is considered as the cradle of the Renaissance in France. This period was synonymous of a joyful and creative spirit of artistic development and openness to the world, with the discovery of the Americas in 1492, considered as a paradise on earth. The Châteaux de la Loire are probably the most beautiful legacy of this period. To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance, a rich program of activities will take place throughout the year. Hundreds of events are organized in the region. To learn more: https://www.vivadavinci2019.fr/ (External link)

"1519, the death of Leonardo da Vinci: the construction of a myth" at Château d'Amboise

From May 2nd to September 3rd 2019, Château d'Amboise will host a major exhibition centered on François-Guillaume Ménageot's monumental painting The Death of Leonardo da Vinci and a collection of prints from the national collections. It will shed light on how the contours of the friendship between King Francis I and Leonardo da Vinci were gradually rewritten by History and assimilated by it until the construction of a myth placed at the service of the image of the French monarchy in the 18th century.

For more information on this exhibition: https://www.vivadavinci2019.fr/evenements/leonard-de-vinci-et-la-france/ (External link)

The tapestry of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper for Francis I, a masterpiece in silk and silver at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise

From June 6th to September 8th 2019, on the occasion of the celebration of the 5th centenary of Leonardo da Vinci's death at the Château du Clos Lucé, the tapestry of the Last Supper (The Ultima Cena) based on Leonardo da Vinci's famous fresco will be presented for the first time since the 16th century outside the Vatican and Italian museums.

The tapestry was woven for Louise of Savoy and her son, the future Francis I, before 1514. It takes up the theme of the Last Supper and bears witness to the admiration of the Kings of France for Leonardo da Vinci and his fresco created in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

For more information on this exhibition: https://www.vivadavinci2019.fr/evenements/la-tapisserie-de-la-cene-de-leonard-de-vinci-pour-francois-ier-un-chef-doeuvre-en-soie-et-argent/ (External link)

Get to France from Canada

Air France (External link) , Air Canada (External link) , Air Transat (External link) , and Corsair (External link) offer year-long direct flights to Paris from select Canadian cities as well as seaonsal flights to various French cities.

WestJet (External link) offers seasonal flights to Paris from select Canadian cities.