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westy54 wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia6,365 contributions921 helpful votes
Original site of the Leonardo Museum. Now the second of two exhibition areas displaying models of Leonardo's drawings.
This 12th century castle, that was substantially renovated in the late first half of the 20th century, became the original home of the Leonardo Museum when it opened in 1953. Following the acquisition and renovation of the Palazzina Uzielli, a late 19th century building approximately 100 metres away, that building became the main entrance to the museum and the first exhibition building. The Conti Guidi Castle now houses the second lot of exhibitions of models, interactive displays, drawings and information panels dedicated to Leonardo's work and studies in the fields of war machines, bridges, flight, water, instrumentation, the bicycle, optics and the forerunner to the car, a self propelled carriage. Further up in the tower there was also a video room and because it was the 500 year anniversary of his death there were some original documents on display and a landscape drawing with a view looking down on township Vinci titled "Landscape Drawing for Santa Maria Della Neve" which Leonardo did when he was 14. The Conti Guidi Tower we were standing in was clearly visible in the drawing. Quite magnificent even at that early age! The top of the tower is also now open and we ascended close to 100 steps but it was well worth the effort as the panoramic views of Vinci and the surrounding countryside were quite beautiful. A combined entry ticket to the the two Museo Leonardo buildings (which included the Tower) plus Leonardo's Birthplace and the Exhibition of Leonardo's paintings cost EUR 13-00 per adult.…
Date of experience: June 2019
thrillean wrote a review Oct 2019
Sofia, Bulgaria288 contributions53 helpful votes
The castle itself is quite dominant over the city of Vinci and gives the opportunity of a magnificent view over the near Hill's wineries and cities. It is a touch of history, since it's date back to 12th century and it has rich, but, as far as I saw, unpreserved enough history. However, if a person visits Vinci, the castle and the city are amazingly picturesque, but for me the museum part has a lot to be worked on. Beautiful place, nevertheless, especially if you go there early in the morning, before the shop's humble.…
Date of experience: October 2019
Johan H wrote a review Jul 2019
Stockholm, Sweden215 contributions39 helpful votes
This place offers a museum as-well as a walk up to the top of the tower with a nice view of Vinci. The museum shows different models and sketches that Leonardo da Vinci made which just makes you understand what a genius he was!
Date of experience: July 2019
SoCalOregonian wrote a review Jun 2019
Murrieta, California9,181 contributions1,090 helpful votes
First mentioned in 1164 this building dominates the city of Vinci. It is host to a portion of the Museo Leonardiano. You can also climb the tower for fantastic views of the city and surrounding countryside.
Date of experience: April 2019
M_Steph_L wrote a review Aug 2018
England, United Kingdom150 contributions46 helpful votes
As others have said it’s part of the visit / ticket anyway but we actually found it more interesting than ‘part 1’ of the visit: several Vinci inventions on display, interesting for kids and learning experience for the parents, plus a few steps take you to the Bell tower and while it’s a bit noisy when it rings there’s a fabulous view over classic toscan countryside. We spent less than an hour there and our only regret is that there was not more English translation and it was mostly Italian only write up . …
Date of experience: August 2018