Vinci

Set amidst vineyards and olive groves which produce excellent wine and oil, Vinci lies on the slopes of the Montalbano, a range of hills straddling the provinces of Florence and Pistoia.


Vinci Set amidst vineyards and olive groves which produce excellent wine and oil, Vinci lies on the slopes of the Montalbano, a range of hills straddling the provinces of Florence and Pistoia. The town’s castle was built by the Conti Guidi in the first half of the 12th century. It fell under Florentine control between 1254 and 1273, and subsequently became a comune.
Leonardo da Vinci was born in nearby Anchiano on 15 April 1452, and spent his childhood here. Some of the town’s most atmospheric sights are associated with and evoke his universally recognized genius.
The original nucleus of the town was the Castello dei Conti Guidi, which once circled the top of the hill and had a characteristic elliptical form, still clearly evident. The stronghold with its tall central tower is what remains of the complex today. In the panoramic piazza behind the castle entrance there is a large wooden sculpture by Mario Ceroli (1987), an interpretation of Leonardo’s ‘Vitruvian Man’.
Just a short distance away, in Piazza dei Guidi, which was reconfigured scenographically by the artist Mimmo Paladino in 2006, is the entrance to the Museo Leonardiano: Palazzina Uzielli houses the ticket office and the sections of the museum devoted to building site and textile manufacturing machines, while the rest of the exhibits are in the Castello dei Conti Guidi – over 60 models of Leonardo’s machines, each one presented together with specific references to the artist’s drawings and manuscript notes.
Also of interest within the perimeter of the ancient castle are the Church of Santa Croce, housing a baptismal font thought to have been used to baptize Leonardo; and the Biblioteca Leonardiana, a documentation centre specializing in the work of Leonardo, which has facsimiles of all Leonardo’s manuscripts and drawings.
Museo Ideale Leonardo Da VinciBelow the castle area, on Via Montalbano, is the Museo Ideale Leonardo Da Vinci, a private collection of documents and reconstructions relating to Leonardo. In the central Piazza della Libertà there is a bronze equestrian monument (1997) by the sculptress Nina Akamu, inspired by Leonardo’s numerous horse drawings. And at the junction of the roads for Empoli and Cerreto Guidi stands the Sanctuary of the Santissima Annunziata, which has a fine Annunciation (c.1525) by the Pistoiese painter Fra’ Paolino.

From the centre of Vinci, an ancient footpath with panoramic views – known as the “green road” – winds its way through olive groves to the Birthplace of Leonardo at Anchiano. The building is a typical 15th-century Tuscan rural dwelling, and is where Leonardo was reportedly born on 15 April 1452.
Places of interest in the vicinity of Vinci include the Romanesque country parish churches of San Giovanni Battista at Sant’Ansano in Greti and the scenically positioned San Pietro a Sant’Amato, and the Church of Santa Maria a Faltognano. Leading up to the latter is a broad grassy terrace with a majestic, centuries-old oak tree that provides welcome shade in the summer heat.
More information: www.museoleonardiano.it


Vinci: discover the surroundings

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  • Montalbano Montalbano (5 km)
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  • Capraia e Limite Capraia e Limite (6 km)
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  • Carmignano Carmignano (8 km)
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  • Fucecchio marshes Fucecchio marshes (11 km)
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  • Pistoia Pistoia (16 km)
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Accommodations in the area


    • Fucecchio (Florence)
    • 14 km from Vinci

    Relais Hotel Vedute

    Relais Hotel Vedute Florence surrounded by green countryside is located in a strategic position near Florence, Lucca, Pistoia, Pisa and Siena
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    • Firenze (Florence)
    • 24 km from Vinci

    Marignolle relais & charme

    The charming Marignolle Relais & Charme, nestled the hills of Florence, is the ideal solution for those who want a place of excellence and relaxation and love peace and privacy without the amenities of a luxury hotel.
    Marignolle Relais & Charme is especially appreciated by travelers looking for style and tradition by offering deluxe rooms or junior suites in a refined, with superior comforts and impeccable services that make this relais an excellence of Florence.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 32 km from Vinci

    Agriturismo Cesani

    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.

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    • Lucca (Lucca)
    • 33 km from Vinci

    Historic Villa Lucca 12 beds pool

    Historic villa 14 km from the center of Lucca immersed in the green of the Tuscan vineyards and olive groves, it has a private swimming pool and a large park.
    Set on 350 square meters in a dominant position offers a unique view of the hills of Tuscany.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 36 km from Vinci

    Agriturismo la Lucciolaia

    In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.
    This ancient farmhouse has been recently renovated and divided into eleven double rooms and two Suites, where the magic atmosphere of past times is perfectly blended with modern comforts.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 37 km from Vinci

    B&B la Fornace di Racciano

    La Fornace di Racciano is a lovely Bed&Breakfast a short distance from the historical centre of medieval San Gimignano. It consists of a typical Tuscan country house surrounded by a large flowery garden.
    La Fornace di Racciano consists of seven comfortable rooms and four apartments, two of which are located in the ancient hamlet of Racciano.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 37 km from Vinci

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 43 km from Vinci

    Relais della Rovere

    The Relais Della Rovere is a charming hotel created from the conversion of an ancient Benedictine abbey and a papal villa of the Renaissance period.
    Set in Colle Val d'Elsa, in the heart of the Chianti area, it is strategically located among Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra.

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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 44 km from Vinci

    La Pieve

    La Pieve, charming farmhouse located on the hills of Val d'Elsa, between Volterra and San Gimignano, along the Via Francigena, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, with its luxuriant nature and rich history.
    Framed by olive trees and a wood, it fosters a direct dialogue with nature in complete relaxation where they contemplate and enjoy the stillness in private and unique spaces.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 48 km from Vinci

    Stone Farmhouse Massarosa 8 beds pool

    Stone farmhouse in typical Tuscan style skilfully and elegantly renovated in a dominant position on the hills of Massarosa with spectacular views that reach the sea of Tuscany. The farmhouse has a swimming pool with whirlpool.
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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 51 km from Vinci

    Villa Pieve di Camaiore 8 beds pool

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 51 km from Vinci

    Farmhouse Massarosa 14 beds pool

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    An oasis of peace for those looking for a stay in the Tuscan hills while staying close to the sea. Perfect for a relaxing holiday in close contact with nature.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 51 km from Vinci

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Villa located 3 km from the center of Camaiore in a quiet and sunny position 10 km from Tuscan sea.
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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 51 km from Vinci

    Villa Prato di Sopra Camaiore 10 beds pool

    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.
    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 51 km from Vinci

    Villa Camaiore Hills 7 beds pool

    Wonderful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery, tranquility and privacy of the Pieve di Camaiore about 10 km from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
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