Straddling the Loire River, Amboise is an inviting town with a pleasing old quarter below its hilltop château. It just made sense: The ultimate French Renaissance king invited the ultimate Renaissance Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci, to join his court. In 1516, Leonardo da Vinci left Rome, accepted the position of engineer, architect, and painter to France’s Renaissance king, and moved in. Enjoying the patronage of the French king, Leonardo pursued his passions to the very end. Five hundred years ago, when Leonardo was looking for work, the résumé he sent to kings touted his engineering skills.