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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
i am leonardo da vinci  
I am Leonardo da Vinci
Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos

Leonardo da Vinci wanted to create the perfect smile on the Mona Lisa, to find out how do birds fly or clouds form, design a bridge, study teeth and draw the human body, invent a tank, submarine, parachute, and discover why the sky is blue.
“I wanted to learn about everything!”
(Picture book)


Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci?
Roberta Edwards, True Kelley

Illustrated biography of the guy who did it all. Da Vinci was a painter, inventor, engineer, pageant director, sculptor, musician. He observed nature, studied the human body, drew maps and designed weapons. (Chapter book)


who was leonardo da vinci
monday with a mad genius  
Monday with a Mad Genius
(Magic Tree House)
Mary Pope Osborne

Annie and Jack are whirled back in time to Florence, to find Leonardo da Vinci, help him with his inventions, and enable Leonardo to fly. (Easy reader)


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 flying machines  

13 different models to assemble, based on Leonardo da Vinci's sketches – including flying boat, kite glider, helicopter, dragonfly, parachute, and more. And they actually fly. (Activity book)


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