In case you hadn't heard (unlikely with all the hullabaloo surrounding the anniversary), it's been 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci breathed his last at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise. And the Loire Valley town (and the rest of the region for that matter) is not about to let the milestone go by without a full year of events, concerts and light shows. Enter the Viva da Vinci! 2019 festival, an anniversary celebration of epic scale.
Discover Pierre-Auguste Renoir's summer home, in Essoyes in Champagne, where he lived there on and off for more than three decades on the centenary of his death. His final resting place is preparing to honour its adopted son with a volley of events and a flagship exhibition Be sure to visit between May and October, when a number of the painter's original works will go on show in the dining room.
As the Loire prepares to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance, Gillian Thornton fi nds out what's in store
A one of a kind exhibition will be dedicated to displaying the works of, American painter, Norman Rockwell's works. Devoted in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of both the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. Image credit: rockwellfourfreedoms.org
Have one more son et lumière in you? We've saved the best for last. The perfect storm of moody projections, haunting melodies and spiffing pyrotechnics, La Cité des Pierres Vivantes does what it says on the tin: perk up the UNESCO-listed Château de Carcassonne's old stones. Every night in August.