Amboise is an interesting town built high above the river and in the 15th Century chapel of St-Hubert there is a commemorative plaque to Leonardo da Vinci who is said to be buried here. The Herrenhaus Museum has many models and artifacts of the great genius in mathematics, architecture and author. Da Vinci spent the last years of his life in this building.
The old town of Richelieu is surrounded with ancient walls with three gates and the historic Market Hall with its half-timbered construction is much admired by the visitor. The Grande Rue is the pulsating main street. Descartes is named after its most famous son, the philsopher and mathematician Descartes, where his birthplace is now a museum. On the Market Place there is a monument to this most famous son of the town. The area is easily reached along the motorway A10, Paris-Bordeaux or via the A85, Tours-Angers.
Population: 571 500 (2006)
Main towns: Amboise, Tours, Richelieu