This website is the result of collaboration between the Unione dei Comuni del Circondario dell’Empolese Valdelsa (Confederation of Municipalities) and the Museo Galileo (Florence) to mark the occasion of the fifth centenary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. Its aim is to raise knowledge and awareness of the close relationship that existed between Leonardo and the land where he was born and grew up, and to encourage a form of tourism that focuses on the culture and history of this territory where the artist left an indelible mark.

The website provides a detailed analysis of the places most closely associated with Leonardo, concentrating on the city of Florence and its immediate surroundings, and on the region of Empolese Valdelsa. Evidence of Leonardo’s activities in many other parts of Tuscany are noted, and more detailed information on these localities will be added to the website in due course.


Promoting institutions

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Unione dei Comuni Circondario dell'Empolese Valdelsa

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Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science


Supported by

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Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze


With patronage of


Regione Toscana

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Comitato Nazionale per le celebrazioni
dei 500 anni dalla morte di Leonardo da Vinci


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Museo Galileo: Marco Berni (coordinator), Leonardo Curioni, Elena Fani, Roberta Massaini

With contributions from: Fabrizio Butini, Iolanda Rolfo, Sofia Sasopoulou, Daniela Vespoli

Texts by

Silvia Leporatti
Museo Ideale Leonardo Da Vinci (Alessandro Vezzosi e Agnese Sabato, 2008-2019)
Mauro Carrara, Erik Franchi, Graziano Magrini, Daniele Vergari

Editorial coordination: Elena Fani

English translation

Nina Brown, Lisa Chien, Merryl Drakard, Catherine Frost, John Venerella

Photographic credits

(the authors of the photos are written next to each image)

Museo Galileo Photographic archive

Archivi dei Comuni dell'Empolese Valdelsa

Archivio del Museo Ideale Leonardo Da Vinci (Alessandro Vezzosi, Agnese Sabato)

Sabina Bernacchini

Marco Berni

Erik Franchi

Andrea Lippi

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Thanks to the Antico Setificio Fiorentino, the Biblioteca Riccardiana, the Municipality of Firenze, the Gondi family, the Gallerie degli Uffizi that provided iconographic material.

Special thanks to

Roberta Barsanti, Andrea Vanni Desideri, Michela Malvolti, Matteo Pacetti, Monica Taddei, Consorzio di Bonifica Medio Valdarno