Dom Pacello, the Léonardo of gardens.
The Royal Estate of Château Gaillard is the forgotten paradise of the Renaissance in Loire Valley.
On his return from Italy in 1496, the young King Charles VIII, fallen in love with the Italian cities and palaces, decided to recreate in Amboise the same style.
To realize this dream, he convinces 22 Italian artists to come back with him, including Dom Pacello de Mercoliano, Neapolitan garden monk.
He established the first gardens of the French Renaissance and acclimated the first orange trees in France.
After 5 years of Pharaonic restoration carried out by 50 artisans and crafts of the Loire Valley, the castle is now open to the public.