The imposing medieval fortress, which still dominates the centre of the town, is the original nucleus of the Castle of the Guidi Counts which, with its order of high and strong crenellated walls, once followed the course of the land, surrounding the top of the hill, according to the typical elliptical shape still evident today. It can be dated back to the 12th century, passed from the dominion of the Guidi Counts to that of Florence, to end up in modern times to private owners. Since 15th April 1953, the Castle of the Guidi Counts houses the Leonardo Museum, recently joined in a single museum itinerary to the nearby Palazzina Uzielli. Inside the Castle, the Podestà room shows the history of Vinci with the coat sof arms of the Podestàs and the beautiful glazed terracotta by Giovanni della Robbia.
Today, the Leonardo Museum, offers one of the largest and most original collections of machines and models by Leonardo the inventor, technologist, architect, scientist and, more generally, of the history of the Renaissance technique. The Museum offers machines and models presented with precise references to the artist's sketches and handwritten notes, also accompanied by digital animations and interactive applications.
The Palazzina Uzielli houses the sections dedicated to anatomy, construction machinery, textile technology, mechanical watches and anatomical studies. In the Castle, instead, there are machines and models that document Leonardo's interests in war, architecture, mechanics and flight. An entire section is dedicated to water, with particular reference to river navigation. The itinerary ends with the video room located inside the imposing walls of the Tower which shows the models of geometric solids taken from drawings that Leonardo created for the treatise "De Divina Proportione" by the mathematician Luca Pacioli.
Villa il Ferrale, halfway between Vinci and Anchiano, houses the “Leonardo and Painting” section, where there are very high resolution and natural size reproductions of all the artist's pictorial works.
Address: Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 26, Vinci
Web site: www.museoleonardiano.it
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 0571 933251
GPX coordinates: 43.7872619,10.9265795