The lands and farms acquired by Leonardo's father, a very successful notary highly active in Florence, were scattered about the hills around Vinci, which was originally the castle of the Counts Guidi. The gentle hills of the ancient castle district became the most familiar landscape to the young Leonardo, who spent the first years of his life here. The lands owned by the da Vinci family were found primarily in the communities of San Pantaleo, of Santa Lucia a Paterno, of San Lorenzo a Streda, and of Santa Croce. The churches of these communities, and the others that punctuated the countryside around Vinci, all once belonged to the powerful noble family. The infant Leonardo was baptized in the castle church.