Vinci, Tuscany

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Comune di Vinci
Town wall
Town wall
Coat of arms of Vinci
Coat of arms
Vinci is located in Italy
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
 • Mayor Dario Parrini (PD)
 • 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(s) Vinciani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 50059
Dialing code 0571
Website Official website

Vinci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈvintʃi]) 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.


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.


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. This is not accepted by all since this property entered into the Da Vinci family well after Leonardo's birth. 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] The Da Vinci was an old surname of Florentine notaries, if Leonardo would have been born in Rome, instead of Vinci, his surname would have been anyway Leonardo da Vinci.

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:


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