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A biography of leonardo born in the town of vinci in the tuscan hills

Excerpt: Walter Isaacson's "Leonardo da Vinci"

We recently visited the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, and in particular, the house where he lived which has just reopened to the public after a careful restoration project. Here, Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 as an illegitimate child of a domestic servant and Sir Piero da Vinci, owner of the house at that time. In the period right after, the town became an important pilgrimage site, and many scholars and tourists have come here to study and discover the origin of the Tuscan genius.

The home, its splendid landscapes and the drawings by Leonardo of the surrounding territory represent the only testimonials of the deep bond between the master and his Tuscan land.

An Afternoon at the Home of Leonardo...da Vinci!

The Home of Leonardo Museum The house of Leonardo reopened to the public in June 2012 and shows interesting changes and new additions. Daniela Lamberini, teacher at the University of Architecture in Florence at the head of the restoration project, has given particular relevance to the multimedia within the new museum.

The birthplace of Leonardo

You can interact with the paintings screened on a wall through the Leonardo Touch application by just moving your hands. To the left to the ticket office, visitors can find the stone house where he lived composed of 3 rooms: The room to the right collects some panels with the history of the house while the one on the left hosts the main new addition to the museum.

This virtual representation of the Tuscan master had a very successful effect, taking us several seconds to realize that it is not someone real playing Leonardo in the flesh but only a holographic representation. As you arrive here, you can feel in the air the deep connection that exists between Leonardo and those landscapes and the impossibility of separating them.

Verrocchio's workshop, 1466–1476

The gentle hills, the wide fields of vineyards and olive trees and the sun itself are integral parts of the museum and of its history: Strada Verde Itinerary From Anchiano, you can follow one of the many itineraries that allow you to explore the surrounding territory. One of the most beautiful is known as Strada Verde or Green Road that links Anchiano to Vinci through a very old trail through the woods, surrounded by the natural beauty of this corner of Tuscany. From this terrace, you can enjoy a wonderful panorama of the surrounding hills.

  1. Her dilapidated cottage for tax purposes the family claimed it as uninhabitable may have been the ideal place to shelter Caterina while she was pregnant, as per local lore.
  2. Leonardo also remembered his other long-time pupil and companion, Salai and his servant Battista di Vilussis, who each received half of Leonardo's vineyards, his brothers who received land, and his serving woman who received a black cloak of good stuff with a fur edge.
  3. One of the most beautiful is known as Strada Verde or Green Road that links Anchiano to Vinci through a very old trail through the woods, surrounded by the natural beauty of this corner of Tuscany.
  4. Just a half an hours walk from the town, hidden amongst the Tuscan countryside is the Casa Di Leonardo.

The Leonardo Museum is arranged in two buildings which cover the history of the master both as architect and scientist. The permanent exhibit covers the life and work of the genius da Vinci through machines, digital reconstructions of his projects, high-definition, full-scale reproductions of his paintings and many details and anecdotes of his life.

The museum hosts education activities for children that allow them to put themselves in the shoes of Leonardo the artists, the scientist and engineer.

Early life, 1452–1466

At the end of October 2016, a brand new section on "Leonardo and Anatomy" will open and new activities will be added for kids and adults alike on Leonardo's interest for the human body. We highly recommend a visit to this museum because it is interactive and fun!

In front of Palazzina Uzielli, which hosts part of the museum, you will find Piazza dei Guidi, designed by the artist Mimmo Paladino, who was inspired both by Leonardo as scientist as well as artist in the design and construction of the square. How to get there: Take a train which stops in Empoli.

  1. Leonardo's early life has been the subject of historical conjecture.
  2. At the end of October 2016, a brand new section on "Leonardo and Anatomy" will open and new activities will be added for kids and adults alike on Leonardo's interest for the human body.
  3. The Leonardo Museum is arranged in two buildings which cover the history of the master both as architect and scientist. The Home of Leonardo Museum The house of Leonardo reopened to the public in June 2012 and shows interesting changes and new additions.
  4. In his notebooks he unleashed a blast at what he called the pompous fools who would disparage him for this. At the time of Leonardo's birth, Piero di Malvoto's seventy-year-old widowed mother lived on the property.
  5. Otherwise, he would have been expected to become a notary, like the firstborn legitimate sons in his family stretching back at least five generations. Leonardo's early life has been the subject of historical conjecture.

From here, take a bus which heads to Vinci, ask at the bus station for bus schedules. Here follow the signs that indicate Vinci.

Vinci: Birthplace of a Genius

The journey takes about 20 minutes. Anchiano is only 3 km from Vinci, you will easily find signs to get to the Birthplace of Leonardo!