Vinci, Tuscany

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Vinci
Comune
Comune di Vinci
Town wall
Town wall
Coat of arms of Vinci
Coat of arms
Vinci is located in Italy
Vinci
Vinci
Location of Vinci in Italy
Coordinates: 43°47′N 10°55′E / 43.783°N 10.917°E / 43.783; 10.917
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province Florence (FI)
Frazioni Anchiano, Apparita, Badia a Passignano, Burrino, Collegonzi, Faltognano, La Stella, Mercatale, Orbignano, Petroio, Piccaratico, Salvino, San Donato, San Pantaleo, Santa Lucia, Sant'Amato, Sant'Ansano, Sovigliana, Spicchio, Toiano, Vitolini
Government
 • Mayor Dario Parrini (Democratic Party)
Area
 • Total 54 km2 (21 sq mi)
Elevation 97 m (318 ft)
Population (31 December 2008)
 • Total 14,375
 • Density 270/km2 (690/sq mi)
Demonym Vinciani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 50059
Dialing code 0571
Website Official website

Vinci is a town – officially a "city" (città)[1] – and comune of Firenze province in the Italian region of Tuscany. The birthplace of Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci lies just outside the town.

Geography[edit]

The town is surrounded by the Tuscan hills. The landscape consists of vineyards and olive groves that are much the same as in Leonardo's time.

History[edit]

Leonardo da Vinci was born on 15 April 1452, in a farmhouse about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the town, between Anchiano and Faltognano. His full name was "Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci", which means "Leonardo, son of Piero, from Vinci". Half a million visitors a year come to visit the Museum of Leonardo and his birthplace.[2]

Main sights[edit]

  • Museo Leonardiano, museum of Leonardo da Vinci. This museum has displays of some of the inventions that are drawn in da Vinci's notebooks.
  • Casa Natale di Leonardo, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. It is a farmhouse. There are some reproductions of his drawings at the house.
  • Church of Santa Croce, built in the 13th century but later remade in neo-Renaissance style.

Sister city[edit]

Vinci has two official sister cities as designated by Sister Cities International:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statuto del comune di Vinci" (PDF) (in Italian). p. 9. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Vinci: A Visit to Leonardo’s Home Town". Offbeattravel.com. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Gemellaggi" (in Italian). Retrieved 11 June 2013.