The chateau of Clos Lucé is less well known than its more famous neighbors of Chambord, Amboise and Blois. But it's a gem of a chateau and was the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci who lived here for three years before his death in May 1519. You might know the Renaissance genius as the great painter of the Mona Lisa, or the engineer who made machines that flew. But he was also a talented musician.
So each year there is a delightful Renaissance Music Festival at the end of September using old instruments like the viola da gamba and the lute, the cornett and the sackbut. Three concerts, on September 28th, 29th and 30th, cover music from England, France and Venice, all in the wonderful setting of this lovely small chateau with its extensive park and pretty garden.
If you haven't seen Close Lucé, it's well worth a visit in its own right. The chateau is only one hour away from Paris and it's open all year round.