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Places of worship

Church of Santa Croce in Vinci

Dating back to the 1200s, in Leonardo's hometown

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The church of Santa Croce in Vinci, found in the centre of the village that nurtured Leonardo, was originally built in the 13th century but was restored a number of times over the centuries. It owes its current appearance to interventions in the 1920s, conducted in a Renaissance style.

The facade, built entirely in stone, has a rose window with sacred images on its glass, and a rectangular door with a marble lunette above it.

The structure has three naves, divided by columns with Corinthian capitals. At the end, near the apse, there are four chapels: Sant'Andrea, the Santissimo Sacramento, the Baptistery (located in the left-hand side) and Santa Croce.

In the chapel of the baptistery you can admire the beautiful marble baptismal font in which Leonardo da Vinci was baptised. Among the artworks preserved in the church there is a 16th-century Nativity of the Virgin by Francesco Brina, The Virgin of the Rosary by Matteo Rosselli, which originates from the Badia Fiorentina, and The Miracle of San Biagio, an 18th-century work attributed to Gaetano Piattoli.

Discover the genius in a town nestled between the Valdelsa and Montalbano hills
The town of Vinci, between the Valdelsa and Montalbano hills, boasts a well-preserved medieval center that is a delight to visit, known worldwide for being the birthplace of the greatest genius of the Italian Renaissance: Leonardo da Vinci. The life of the town revolves around the eclectic Renaissance figure and Vinci itself has become a sort of diffused museum dedicated to the master. ...