Palace of Fontainebleau
Starting from 460 €
Trip distance: Km ( Miles)
Fontainebleau's abiding charm comes from its relative informality and spectacular setting in the heart of the immense forest in the Ile-de-France.
Originally a 12th century royal hunting lodge, it was transformed into a royal palace by King Francois I in the 16th century. His fascination with the Italian Renaissance led to the construction of the famous Great Gallery (Galerie Francois I) a tribute to Italian artists.
In the 18th century there was extensive redecorating of the palace on orders from both King Louis XV and King Louis XVI. In the 19th century the palace became the favorite residence of Napoleon, who, in turn, initiated major architectural changes.
The Salle de Bal, the Imperial Theater, Marie Antionette’s Turkish boudoir and Napoleon's apartments are of particular interest.
Close to the château, in the middle of the Fontainebleau forest, is the charming Barbizon village made famous by Rousseau and Millet, landscape painters who founded the Barbizon School. It is a lovely place to stop for lunch.
- Luxury Mercedes Class E or Class V
- An English speaking Chauffeur-Guide
- Ticketed reservations in advance
- English speaking Licensed Guides when required
Closed on Tuesday & January 1st, May 1st, December 25th
Open from 9:30am to 5:00pm
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