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Florence – Day trips

  Arezzo – This charming old hill town less than an hour from Florence is noted for the Piero della Francesca frescoes in the Bascilica of San Francesco.
    Around the Piazza Grande stop into a café for a gelato. Since Etruscan times, Arezzo has been famous for it's goldsmiths, and today, the world's largest gold manufacturing plant is in Arezzo. Spend some time browsing in the gold and silver shops for souvenirs.

Museo Leonardiano di Vinci (Vinci) – Visit the town of Vinci to see a Leonardo da Vinci museum, situated in a medieval castle.

      The museum is chock full of exact models of Leonardo's inventions – steam cannon, revolving crane, removable bridge, automatic weaving loom, multi-barreled gun, self-propelling cart, hydraulic saw, mechanical clock, boat with paddle wheels, along with animated digital reconstructions.
      After visiting the museum, go up to the panoramic terrace for views and go for a walk on trails through the countryside around Vinci. Kids can imagine Leonardo exploring and sketching the Tuscan landscape.
      The museum is open daily, but try to go on a weekday, weekends can be crowded.
      Tip: Read our blog post "Leonardo da Vinci's Inventions."
kids books leonardo da vinci

Put together five models – a flying machine, paddle boat, armored tank, automated cart, mechanical knight, plus detailed drawings and descriptions in da Vinci's own words. Cardboard models are easily assembled, no glue or mechanical genius required. (Activity book)


Leonardo da Vinci
(Magic Tree House Fact Tracker)
Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce

Find out about Leonardo da Vinci and his world, the Renaissance and life in Florence for this incredible artist, inventor and scientist. Packed with Leonardo's drawings and paintings, perfect to bring on your trip. (Chapter book)


Leonardo da Vinci Research Guide kids books
Leonardo da Vinci childrens books  
Leonardo da Vinci
Diane Stanley

Engaging story of Leonardo da Vinci – his fascination with nature as a child, busy years painting, his inventions, scientific studies, sculptures, pageants and costume designs. Rich, detailed illustrations bring Leonardo to life. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Italy pages)
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