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Il paese di un grande artista, Vinci
Places of worship

Vinci, The Santuary of Santissima Annunziata

Discovering Fra Paolino’s sacred art

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The Sanctuary of Santissima Annunziata is located in the heart of Vinci, on a street that leads to Empoli. Situated next to the Castle of the Guidi Counts, it was built at the beginning of the XVII century. The complex has undergone various restoration projects over the course of the centuries. Today, it boasts a façade with three arches and a nearby bell tower.

Inside the church, you’ll find frescos by Paolo Bernardino del Signoraccio, more commonly known as Fra Paolino da Pistoia. The painter’s training was deeply influenced by Perugino even if the experiences that most significantly characterized his apprenticeship were linked to his workshop in Florence’s San Marco, directed by Fra Bartolomeo. ‘The Annunciation’, located on the church’s altar, is the painter’s most significant work. 




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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. ...