Places of worship

Vinci, Church of Santa Croce

Leonardo’s paintings grace the country church


Situated in the historic centre of Vinci, a small town located between Florence and Empoli, the church was renovated in the XIII century and later restored according to the neo-Renaissance style. Built entirely in stone, its façade hosts a rosette whose windows depict sacred images. A marble lunette is exhibited above its rectangular portal. The church has a three-nave structure supported by columns with Corinthian capitals.

Near the apse, you’ll find various chapels including the Chapel of Sant’Andrea, the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament, the Chapel of the Baptistery (located on the left) and the Chapel of the Holy Cross.


The Baptistery hosts a beautiful marble baptismal font where Leonardo da Vinci was baptized.  Santa Croce’s interior is rather simple. On the walls, you’ll find paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and other artists from the area. The church is somewhat of a painting gallery, open to all those who wish to discover the marvels of classic Italian art. 







Immersed in the greenery of the Montalbano hills, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci
In Vinci, everything is about Leonardo: the native house, the church where he was baptised, the museum and the library dedicated to him, even the landscape, still intact, which Leonardo himself had contemplated daily. ...
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