Renaissance visit


Under the guidance of a guide, the Tours Loire Valley Tourist Office and the city of Tours offer you a tour of the Renaissance in Tours.

Tours became the capital of the kingdom for 80 years, from 1440 onwards, thanks to the installation of Louis XI in the castle of Plessis-lès-Tours. Trade and crafts, particularly silk weavers from Italy, benefited from the presence of the court, which also enriched the local bourgeoisie. In the early years of the 16th century, with the appearance of the First Renaissance, Tours was adorned with buildings with new forms and decorations. Gothic tradition and Italian modernity were combined in exceptional building sites.

To know

Pratical informationPlease arrive 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
Free for children under 12 (contact us: 02 47 70 37 37)

Reservations must be made in advance at the Tourist Office or online. No sales on site. 
The guided tour is in French only and is intended for individuals. For all group visits of more than 10 people, contact the Groups Department on tel: +33 (0) 2 47 70 37 34 or by e-mail:
In Short
  • Meeting point: forecourt of a church St Gatien
    Meeting point: forecourt of a church St Gatien
  • Departure time : 2:30 pm
    Departure time : 2:30 pm
  • Departure time : 6 pm
    Departure time : 6 pm
  • Duration: 1:30
    Duration: 1:30
  • Walking tour
    Walking tour
  • Language :
    • French



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Place de la cathédrale
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 47.39544
Longitude : 0.69381