You may not be able to picture it in your mind’s eye, but you’ve surely heard about the town of Vinci thanks to its most illustrious son, Leonardo da Vinci. Naturally, there are more than a few traces of the great Renaissance master here in Vinci, like the Biblioteca Leonardiana, a research centre specialized in Leonard’s lifework and a reference point for Italian and foreign academics, the Conti Giudi Castle, home to part of the city-wide museum about the artist, and piazza dei Guidi, a 21st-century tribute to Leonardo designed by contemporary artist Mimmo Paladino. The Leonardo Museum boasts more than 300 works and objects, including documents and sketches by the genius, as well as models of his famous military and flying machines. About 3km outside the town, in Anchiano, you can even visit Leonardo’s birthplace, the farmhouse he was born in on April 15, 1452. Today, the house is a museum dedicated to the artist and contains reproductions of some of his drawings and a life-sized hologram that narrates the events of his life and work, not to mention a map of the Valdarno drawn by Leonardo himself.