In Vinci, where Leonardo was born and where he drew early inspiration for his studies and paintings, the Leonardo Museum presents one of the most extensive and most original collections devoted to the multiple interests of Leonardo the technologist, the architect, the man of science and, more generally, to the History of Renaissance technics.
The museum route, spread over two adjacent buildings: the Palazzina Uzielli and the Conti Guidi Castle, presents its machines and models accompanied by specific references to the artist’s sketches and handwritten notes, which are also supplemented by digital animations and interactive applications.
Palazzina Uzielli houses the sections devoted to building-site machinery, textile manufacturing technology and mechanical clocks.
In the Castle, the ancient former home of the Guidi family, are the machines and models which document Leonardo’s interest in war, architecture, mechanics and flight. In addition, there are two whole sections devoted to optics and to movement on land and water, with particular reference to fluvial navigation. The route ends in the video room located inside the mighty walls of the castle, and where the models of the geometric solids based on the drawings that Leonardo made for the treatise De Divina Proportione by the mathematician Luca Pacioli are on show.