A tour discover the places that inspired the extraordinary life of Leonardo da Vinci: from the village he was born in to the key areas where he spent his childhood and adolescence. The initiative is called “Leonardo da Vinci: In the Genius’s Homeland” and includes a series of free guided tours in the Empolese Valdelsa for the 500th anniversary of the Master’s death, part of a larger initiative known as “Leonardo 500,” promoted by the municipalities in the Empolese Valdelsa.
These completely free events include walks, activities for both adults and children, aperitivi, tastings and exhibitions to discover the wealth of places – some even less well-known but no less important – that were fundamental in Leonardo’s life.
The Leonardo Bus will leave from Florence before heading to the Empolese Valdelsa, making a series of stops in the municipalities of Vinci, Certaldo, Empoli, Fucecchio, Montaione, Cerreto Guidi, Castelfiorentino, Montespertoli, Montelupo Fiorentino, Capraia e Limite and Gambassi Terme. One event includes a day exploring the Fucecchio Marsh and Montalbano, while another is an excursion into the forests of the valley of the Carfalo stream, followed by a hike to the sacred mountain of San Vivaldo. To participate, you must make a reservation by calling 055.2340742 or emailing email@example.com
Sunday, May 19 and July 7: Leonardo and Pontormo / A painting legacy. In Empoli, participants will visit the Church of San Michele and the tabernacle depicting San Michael the Archangelo and St. John the Evangelist by Jacopo Carrucci, also known as Pontormo, as well as the house where the artist was born, which is currently hosting a special exhibition that compares Leonardo’s influence the young artist’s work.
Sunday, May 26: Leonardo and the Marsh/ Finally in the open air! Participants will explore on foot the flora and fauna of the Fucecchio Marsh, the largest wetland in Italy.
Sunday, June 2 and July 21: Leonardo and San Vivaldo/ Let’s see the Sacro Monte! In the heart of the Florentine Valdelsa, in Montaione, participants will discover the sacred mountain of San Vivaldo, visiting the chapels and aediculae that reproduce to scale the places of the Passion of Christ in Jerusalem.
Sunday, June 9: Leonardo and Fucecchio/ Where the memory of Leonardo can be found on every hill! Participants will discover artistic and nature-related pieces in the collection of the Fucecchio Museum and the town’s historic centre. The day will end in Vinci.
Sunday, June 9 and July 28: Leonardo and contemporary art/ Hurray for the Mona Lisa! To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, master Franco Fossi has reinterpreted the world-famous Mona Lisa in a diffused exhibition held in the 11 municipalities in the Empolese Valdelsa.
Sunday, June 16 giugno and July 14: Leonardo and Cerreto Guidi / In the footsteps of the Medici and Caterina Between the Marsh and Montalbano, and in Cerreto Guidi, discovering the traces of the Medici, who once used the villa as a hunting lodge. After a brief walk in the footsteps of Caterina, Leonardo’s mother, participants will reach the town of Vinci.
Sunday, June 23: Leonardo and Montalbano / Hiking! After a morning spent hiking the slopes of Montalbano, which Leonardo knew and depicted many times in his paintings, participants will visit the house where the genius was born and the Museo Leonardiano.
Sunday, June 30: Leonardo and Boccaccio / Remembering the genius! Discover the beauty of the landscape and art of the Florentine Valdelsa, starting in the evocative medieval villages of Lucardo and Certaldo, splendid belvederes over the hills of the Chianti and referenced by Leonardo in his notes.
All the tours start and end in Florence and last a whole day, from about 10am to 7pm. Nine tours include a stop in Vinci, where participants can visit the home where Leonardo was born (outside the town, in Anchiano) and the Museo Leonardiano, which is currently hosting the exhibition Leonardo a Vinci. Alle origini del Genio.
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