Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Visit To Vinci, Italy.....Birthplace of Leonardo.....

While we all know Leonardo da Vinci as a painter many do not realize what a genius he was in so many other areas.  He excelled as a mathematician, engineer, inventor, scientist, architect, botanist, musician, sculptor, botanist, anatomist and writer. With a great curiosity of all things he lived to study and educate himself and is considered by many to have one of the greatest minds of all time.










Born on April 15, 1452  on the foothills of Montalbano in the village of Anchiano, Leonardo was the illegitimate child of a domestic servant named Catarina and Piero de Vinci, a lawyer. While he was raised mostly by his father who went on to marry several times and fathered more than a dozen children, Leonardo maintained  a relationship with his mother throughout her life. He was sent away to apprentice with sculptor and painter Andrea del Verrocchio who helped him perfect his skills.







Throughout his life he kept notebooks full of drawings and ideas of things that he invented.  Some of his ideas were the helicopter, a tank, a calculator, a parachute, robot, a telephone, evolution, and solar power just to name a few. 








Considered to be by many one of the greatest painters of all time, his two most famous paintings are of course The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.






The town of Vinci is about a 90-minute drive from where we're currently staying.  Our 11 euro entrance price covered three different museums located in different areas of the town. One of the nicely done features was a movie featuring a life-sized hologram of da Vinci himself as an older gentleman. He comes to life and recounts the details of his life giving specific details and sharing memories that only an insider might know. 








Another building is the actual three-roomed house where Leonardo grew up as a child. Nestled among a grove of olive trees overlooking the valley below, the lovely landscape alone perhaps gave him inspiration to paint? A complicated genius of a man to say the least we came away with a greater understanding and appreciation of one of the greatest minds and painters the world has ever known.









Down the road a few kilometers is a gallery with copies of his greatest paintings along with explanations of each.  The basement of the building was reserved for The Last Supper that takes up an entire wall.







Who knew that so many famous people were from Italy?  Certainly not me. That is one of the things we love about travel.  Learning new things, seeing new places and experiencing new things.....along the gringo trail.

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