A journey through Empolese Valdelsa
by Giuliana Cantini
Discover the places that were the backdrop to Leonardo da Vinci’s extraordinary life with this tour: from his native town to the areas of his infancy and youth. “Leonardo da Vinci. The genius and his land” is the name of the tour and it is also the title of a series of free guided tours promoted in the area of Empolese Valdelsa on the occasion of the 500 years from the Maestro’s death. At the same time, Leonardo is commemorated in the locations of his origins. The itineraries, made by the Unione dei Comuni Circondario Empolese Valdelsa (Union of the Empolese Valdelsa Municipalities) with the contribution of the CR Firenze Foundation, have been created keeping in mind Leonardo’s artistic corpus, his manuscripts and the cartographies he dedicated to his lands and will be presented on Wednesday, 17th April. These tours are completely free-of-charge and include walks, activities for the young and not-so-young, aperitifs, tastings and exhibitions organized to discover the richness of the locations, less known but not less important which have been essential to Leonardo’s life. The calendar starts on Sunday, 28th April and ends on Sunday, 28th July. In this period, there will be 14 Sundays (28th April, 5th-12th-19th-26th May, 2nd-9th-16th-23rd-30th June, 7th-14th-21st-28th July) on which the Leonardo Bus leaves from Florence to Empolese Valdelsa following a series of laps which touch the Municipalities of Vinci, Certaldo, Empoli, Fucecchio, Montaione, Cerreto Guidi, Castelfiorentino, Montespertoli, Montelupo Fiorentino, Capraia e Limite, Gambassi Terme. At the same time, each Saturday and Sunday, a free shuttle bus will be at the visitors’ service and it will connect the other Municipalities of the surrounding districts leaving from Vinci. Vinci will also hold an exhibition called “Leonardo at Vinci. Beginnings of a Genius” starting from 15th April. This will be a way to discover a land, covering it by bus, visiting its amazing landscapes and museums accompanied by experts in art history, the area and its collections who will accompany the groups on board the Leonardo Bus and in all those places on the itineraries. All this for free.
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