Occurring close together, the dates of his birth (April 15, 1452) and death (May 2, 1519), a visit to Vinci, Leonardo’s hometown is definitely to be planned.
In addition to the cultural route that follows the trail of this Genius, in this period there are the Celebrazioni Leonardiane (Leonardo Celebrations) (April 8- July 2, 2017), a series of events that liven up the town for a month every year.
In the dates between his date of birth (April 15, 1452) and his death (May 2, 1519 being so close together as series of events are always planned, so a visit to the famous Leonardo Vinci, his hometown, is definitely to be scheduled. In addition to the cultural itinerary that follows Leonardo’s path, there are the Celebrazioni Leonardiane (Leonardo’s Celebrations) during this period (8 April-2 July 2017), a series of events that liven up the town for a month every year.
Anchiano, a village in the municipality of Vinci, searching for the origins of the Genius
Just outside Vinci, which is surrounded by olive groves, the Casa di Leonardo Leonardo’s house, is the ideal start for discovering Leonardo da Vinci. Inaugurated in 1952 during the celebrations for the 500 years of the Leonardo’s birth, today, this simple country house hosts a display of multimedia and interactive displays that invites you to learn more about the paintings and life of the Genius. The absence of antique furniture and furnishings, that very often we expect to find in historic houses of great historical figures, acts as a counterpoint, quite exceptionally, to the landscape of Montalbano, the primary source of inspiration for the young Leonardo, who lived here the years of his childhood and often returned as an adult. The events of his life, told to us within a video — Leonardo. The Genius tells his story, with a life-size hologram, You appear to have a face to face meeting with the Genius. While in the other rooms, thanks to multimedia applications, his paintings and sketches can be studied and enjoyed, including the famous Last Supper. Before leaving the House, it is a must to stop, for a moment, to enjoy the beautiful view over Vinci, similar to that of over 500 years ago, that Leonardo must have looked upon in his younger days.
Following the footsteps of Leonardo’s “Green Road” la Strada Verde
If the weather is good, it is advised to park your car in Anchiano and go on foot towards Vinci following the path 14 ‘Strada Verde’ or ‘green road’ (about 3 km – 30 minutes). Going on foot will allow you to appreciate the colours and scents of the Tuscan countryside and imagine Leonardo himself, intent on observing nature, strolling or collecting fossils on trails like this. Before reaching Vinci, look for the detour to get to the Villa del Ferrale where there is the Leonardo. Una mostra impossibile (Leonardo. An imposible exhibition) exhibition. A must-see exhibition, included in the entrance price of museums in Vinci, you can enjoy high-definition renditions of Leonardo’s masterpieces.
Technology and science at the Leonardo Museum – Museo Leonardiano
Arriving in the town of Vinci, the itinerary to discover the Genius continues with a visit, not to be missed, to the Museo Leonardiano, where for over 60 years, a collection of machines and models that reconstruct, with scientific precision the projects, more or less feasible, by Leonardo are displayed. Starting from Palazzina Uzielli, there is the ticket office as well as the first rooms dedicated to construction machinery and textile machinery that facilitated the daily work of man. Upstairs, don’t miss the brand new Leonardo and Anatomy section with reproductions, in wax, studies of Leonardo da Vinci on the human body. You can then proceed inside the Castello dei Conti Guidi, the historic home of the Museum, where you will find the most scenic and most famous cars, like the army tank, the great ala battente, the aerial screw-propelled wagon and the bike that has since been discovered to be a forgery! Just as interesting, experiments in optics and the water room where an interactive table allows you to display numerous studies on the Arno River. Finally, if more than 120 steps don’t scare you away, the view from the panoramic roof terrace on top of the tower, the torre dei Conti Guidi will leave you truly amazed!
For any other information, we invite you to take a look at the site www.museoleonardiano.it where brochures can be download educational resources can be seen and “virtual” models can be explored