The Land of Leo: Vinci, Italy

It’s a bit embarrassing, but there are still some pretty famous Tuscan landmarks that we have yet to see.  Before today, one of those was the small, but important, town of Vinci.  (To be honest though, we did attempt this trip several times and the weather has held us back every time!)  As you may guess, this is the birthplace of Leonardo di Ser Piero da Vinci (which literally means Leonardo, son of Piero, from Vinci).  Da Vinci was the true Renaissance man; he was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.  Pretty impressive, huh?  His works include the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, the drawing of the Vitruvian man, and designs for many modern machines including a helicopter and tank to name a few.  Because we had already visited the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Florence (which houses many replicas of da Vinci’s machines), we decided to skip the museum in Vinci in lieu of a site seeing walk in the surrounding area. The paesino, as the Italians would call the “little town,” is also well known for several types of Tuscan wine and the surrounding landscape is dotted with vineyards.  … [Read More]