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Leonardo da Vinci in Italy

Following the Leonardo da Vinci Trail in Italy

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Painter, scientist, architect, and Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci left his imprint all over Italy in frescoes, buildings, drawings, and prototypes and blueprints for many of the world's technological milestones.  While quite a few of Leonardo's masterpieces reside in museums outside of Italy, there are ample examples of the master's works in his native land. Following, we have put together a list of places in Italy where you can follow the Leonardo trail.

The Last Supper, Milan

Along with the Mona Lisa, which is the prized possession of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, "The Last Supper" is Leonardo's most famous painting. The Cenacolo Vinciano still resides in the refectory of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Leonardo finished it in 1498.

Milan's Top Museums

Beyond The Last Supper, Milan holds several other Leonardo originals. Most obvious is the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum, which has original Leonardo drawings as well as models based on the Renaissance man's innovations. The Codex Atlanticus, one of Leonardo's notebooks filled with extensive observations and drawings, is housed in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Another Codex - the Codex Trivulzianus, a study in architecture and religion – is held at the Biblioteca Trivulziana in the Castello Sforzesco.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Arguably Italy's most important art museum, the Uffizi Gallery has a few of Leonardo's works. Paintings include the "Annunciation," "Adoration of the Magi," and a self-portrait. Leonardo is also represented by a number of sketches and under-drawings in the Prints and Drawings Collection in the Uffizi.

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

The legend of Leonardo's massive painting "The Battle of Angiari" lives on in the Palazzo Vecchio's Sale dei Cinquecento, although the painting is thought to be covered by a wall. On the exterior of the Palazzo Vecchio is a cornerstone imprinted with the silhouette of a man's face, thought to be Leonardo's unofficial signature.

Vinci, Tuscany

Leonardo gets his name from the town of Vinci, the small village outside of Florence where he was born in 1452. Here you will find the Casa di Leonardo, the farmhouse where the master was born, and the Museo Leonardino, a science and technology museum dedicated to models based on the master's prolific drawings.

Galleria dell'Accademia, Venice

The Renaissance man's renowned "Vitruvian Man," a study of the human form from both an artistic and scientific perspective, is kept at the Galleria dell'Accademia, one of the top museums in Venice.

Biblioteca Reale, Turin

Besides the two codices kept in Milan, the only other Leonardo codex (notebook) in Italy is housed in Turin. The Biblioteca Reale di Torino houses the Codex on the Flight of Birds, Leonardo's analysis of flight mechanics, air resistance, and currents.

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