The trip on the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci, the Creator of the world-famous Mona Lisa, begins in Vinci, a small town with a few Thousand inhabitants in the vicinity of Florence.

Leonardo came on 15. April 1452 in a stone house in the case of Vinci as the illegitimate child of the notary Ser Piero, and the maid Caterina. Today, you can visit the house surrounded by olive trees and rosemary bushes, a small exhibition here.

spent His Childhood Leonardo with his Grandfather, Antonio da Vinci, before he moved to his father to Florence – the city of the Medici dynasty. The stay should be leading the way. In Florence, he worked in the workshop at one of the most important Renaissance artist, Andrea del Verrocchio. But because Milan have had more influence, he went 1481 there in the yard. Paintings like “The last supper” or the “grotto of the Madonna” was created in Milan in time.

Yet Leonardo was far more than just a painter. He was seemingly insatiable, he wanted to know everything. He designed war machines as well as water channels, he studied the animal and human body in countless studies. He wanted to build flying machines, ships and buildings. He knew no boundaries, therefore the Name of universal genius.

He worked for popes, kings, and Dukes. He was a sculptor, inventor, architect, engineer, Designer, and painter all in one. Much remained unfinished, in spite of – or perhaps because of it? – he is revered almost as a Saint. Leonardo fascinated, because his gaze was always directed in the future.

Leonardo have had an immeasurable curiosity, “to overcome boundaries,” says Vinci’s mayor, Giuseppe Torchia. “Leonardo is not part of Vinci, he is a cultural heritage for all of humanity. Leonardo belongs to all.” His life and his last trip to France, had a European Dimension.

Leonardo was 64 years old when he with his students, Francesco Melzi, Salai and his faithful servant Batista de Vilanis in Amboise arrived. In his Luggage he had, in addition to numerous documents and drawings to the pictures of “John the Baptist”, “Anna the third” – and the order in 1503, created the “Mona Lisa”, which was acquired by king Francis I. and today, the Star in the Louvre in Paris.

The young Regent gave his guest residence, the château of Clos Lucé, a gorgeous manor house with a fortified wall made of red bricks and grey tufa stones, close to the Royal castle of Amboise.

In Clos Lucé is a Leonardo da Vinci died in his ornate four-poster bed with red heavy velour curtains. Today is the last residence a place of pilgrimage site, in the every year more visitors flock. Around 400’000 people visited 2018 in Amboise, the old seat of genius.