A spectacular summer of Sounds and Lights shows!

When summer arrives, let the show begin! As soon as night falls, monuments buzz with cheerful yet refined excitement: here and there people patiently wait for the first sound and light shows to appear, heralding the start of the evening. Whether very contemporary creations or historical frescoes, these events reveal another face of the tufa giants, further magnifying their architecture through subtle lighting.

Sounds, lights and fabulous evenings!

As the sun goes down, visitors are immersed in a welcoming sweet, dreamlike atmosphere. In the gardens at Villandry, for example, we enjoy the countless candles that make up the fairy-tale decor of the nights of a thousand lights.

A perfect romantic outing, like the evening walks in the park of the Château de Chenonceau, set to the music of the great Italian composers of the Renaissance. On the other hand, don’t miss a wine tasting under the stars, with the local wine growers of the AOC “touraine-chenonceaux”.

At the château du Clos Lucé, two events have been announced: the “nocturnes théatrales” from 15 to 17 July 2022 (adaptation of “Twelfth Night”, by W. Shakespeare), and the evening strolls on 12 and 13 August (musical and theatrical activities).

Wine tasting under the star - Château of Chenonceau ©Dominique Couineau

Wine tasting under the star - Château of Chenonceau ©Dominique Couineau

Nights of a thousand lights - Villandry ©F. Paillet

Nights of a thousand lights - Villandry ©F. Paillet

The Château du Clos Lucé ©Léonard de Serres

The Château du Clos Lucé ©Léonard de Serres

Historical shows

Many spectators discover during the summer the night show in Semblançay (Scénoféerie de Semblançay), which unfolds before our eyes the history of Touraine through the centuries. For the past 30 years, enthusiasts have been putting on about fifteen performances of this sound and light show each year, to the delight of audiences of all ages. Here is a small preview:

On the banks of the Loire, the Royal castle of Amboise will be the beautiful setting for a brand new summer night show, performed every Wednesday and Saturday: “Amboise, destinées royales“!

Royal château of Amboise

L’Islette by night

If the love story of Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, regularly hosted here, attracts a substantial number of visitors during the day, a large audience also converges on the Château de l’Islette in the evening. And for good reason! On the banks of the Indre, in addition to the Friday aperitif picnics, there are the magnificent “L’Islette à la belle étoile” evenings. Jazz musicians, in particular, play a large part.

Sound and light show in L'Islette castle - Azay-le-Rideau, France.

The chateau of L’Islette – Azay-le-Rideau

Nearby, the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau is also reviving the tradition of “nocturnes” for this summer of 2022. From 12 July to 20 August, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7pm to 10pm, a new multi-sensory tour offers an unusual discovery of the monument. Let yourself be tempted by “Les Soirées d’Azay“.

Les soirées d'Azay - Château of Azay-le-Rideau, France.

Château of Azay-le-Rideau – Loire Valley, France.©T Jorion / CMN

The solar nights of Montrésor

The event lighting can also be admired in one of the most beautiful villages in France, Montrésor. The solar nights reveal the beauty of a high perched castle, which you can visit during the day.

Solar nights of Montrésor, France. Sounds and lights shows

Solar nights of Montrésor

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