For the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the launching of the Il Leonardino itinerary offers an extremely important cultural and naturalistic journey “in Leonardo’s territory”, representing another excursion proposal that winds its way through the spots dear to Leonardo’s biography and artistic and scientific works.
Leonardo was born in Vinci on 15 April 1452, illegitimate son of Notary Ser Piero da Vinci and a woman called Caterina. Il Leonardino departs from just near Leonardo’s birthplace in Anchiano, now part of the Vinci Museum, dedicated not only to an in-depth analysis of the biography of the Man from Vinci, with special focus on his link with the territory, but also to an exploration of his artistic works together with the painting section currently hosted in nearby Villa del Ferrale. Leonardo’s activities as a scientist, technologist, hydraulic engineer, and anatomy scholar are instead on display in the Leonardian Museum of Vinci, the itinerary of which also includes Palazzina Uzielli and the Castle of the Guidi Counts. In his native land where he spent his childhood and early youth, Leonardo was in close contact with nature, going for walks in a land filled with stimuli, the results of which can be observed in his studies and later reflections on natural elements, especially water and fossils.