This tiny medieval village 40 kilometers from Florence is the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. A charming Tuscan town of stone villas and terracotta tiles, Vinci remains largely unchanged from Leonardo’s days. Many travelers visit Vinci as a day trip from Florence, though there are some beautiful and historic Vinci accommodation options within the village itself.
The main reason people travel to Vinci is to see the farmhouse where Leonardo was born. Known as the Casa Natale di Leonardo, this unassuming 16th century villa is nestled in picturesque Tuscan countryside just outside Vinci. For more Leonardo history, visitors can head to the Leonardo Museum in the 12th-century Castello Guidi, which houses a collection of models made from da Vinci's sketches. These include military and construction machines and early model helicopters.
Aside from Leonardo memorabilia and artwork, Vinci is abundant in classic Tuscan beauty. The surrounding countryside offers mountain biking, horse riding, wine tasting and eco tours, with the bigger towns of Pisa and Lucca only a short drive away.
For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Vinci, click on the interactive Vinci map on the left-hand side of the page.