Amboise is located at the confluence of the rivers Loire and the Masse. According to the statistics conducted in the year 2000, 11 968 inhabitants were living here. The most famous attraction of the area is undoubtedly the castle with the same name, very popular among a great number of tourists that come to visit it every year.
Amboise Castle is situated near the city of Tours, and for many years it has been the residence of French kings, including Charles VIII, Louis XI or Franscisc I, being one of the most beautiful castles on the territory of France.
With its thick walls and landscaped gardens, gardeners and architects brought from beyond the Alps, was witness to drain the last three years of life of Leonardo da Vinci. In the summer of 1516 the artist was still in Milan, old and sick, was deserted by friends, after receiving news of the resignation or death of patron Giuliano de ‘Medici, from which ceased not to wait last drop of support. This being so, is obliged to give the invitation of King Francis I of France and go to live in Amboise castle.
Together with Francesco Melzi, his young pupil that he remained loyal until his death, Leonardo da Vinci began the daring trip to the Loire Valley, where there was the castle. There were daily visited by the king, who had consulted about the works at Blois Castle and Leonardo used to go riding at the construction site to advise and warn him.
Amboise Castle held numerous parties, celebrations and masked balls as well, and the artist was invited to draw sketches of costumes or invent its mechanical machines with scenes full of fun. Life bothered him but the court, his right arm completely paralyzed, and the powers began to leave him. They seek refuge in the castle rooms, sitting hours in front of three paintings, who were left alone: Saint Ann, Mona Lisa and John the Baptist, the last thrill of a perfect genius in the land of France.
He then learnt to write and draw with his left hand, and most of the mornings surprised him sitting at one of the table, drawing sketches, restoring, completing or reviewing over a thousand sheets of manuscript that he had brought with him. He also hurried to leave everything in good standing. He died at Amboise on May 2, 1519, at the age of 67.