The first stop on your visit will be the Leonardo Museum, an important center for in-depth study of Leonardo’s technical and scientific findings, housed in the offices of the Palazzina Uzielli and the Castle of the Guidi Counts. Inside the museum, machines and models are presented with exact references to the artist’s sketches and handwritten annotations, along with digital animations and interactive applications. At the beginning your tour, a large panel details the stages of Leonardo’s life and work in relation to the main historical, cultural, and social events of the time. Your attention will be drawn to Leonardo’s machine models: from military to construction and other scientific instruments. A few meters from the museum is the Leonardo Library, a reference point for Italian and international scholars who can learn more about Leonardo’s work here.
Santa Croce Church, built in the 13th century and renovated in a neo-Renaissance style, preserves the baptismal font where Leonardo da Vinci is said to have been baptized. Not far from the church is Piazza dei Guidi, an urban and modern space designed by Mimmo Paladino who drew inspiration from Leonardo’s scientific and artistic works. The artist created a network of different shapes, with varying compositions formed from slabs of Cardoso stone.