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Leonardo a Vinci. At the origins of the Genius - Leonardiano Museum, Vinci (Florence)

Inaugurated April 15, the Leonardo exhibition in Vinci continues until October 15 at the Leonardo Museum in Vinci. At the origins of the Genius'.
The exhibition, co-organized with the Uffizi Galleries, focuses on Leonardo's biographical bond with his hometown and on the suggestions that the land of origin offered to his career as an artist, technologist and scientist.

In this perspective, the documents on loan from the State Archives of Florence are presented, which unequivocally reconstruct the very first events of Leonardo's life in Vinci, and the first known drawing he realized, 'Paesaggio 8P' dated 5 August 1473, kept at the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence.
The exhibition of the notarial register of Leonardo's great-grandfather on the last page, the grandfather Antonio da Vinci noted the birth, after that of his sons, of the first nephew, Leonardo, of great interest to the biographical section. to the cadastral records of the da Vinci family relating to childhood and the artist's early youth.
In the section dedicated to the youthful drawing of "Landscape" of 1473, already identified as a representation of the Valdinievole and part of the Lower Valdarno, the suggestions offered to the young Leonardo from his homeland are documented.
In fact, the image constitutes a real "palimpsest" of all of Leonardo's future work, so much so that it is already possible to see his profound interest in nature, his fascination with water and his whirling movement, his research in the field geological and cartographic.
In this context, a reading of the drawing is offered from several points of view, from the artistic-historical to the historical-geographical, highlighting the thematic elements present in relation to Leonardo's subsequent scientific, technical and engineering research.
The course includes multimedia creations and reconstructions of Leonardo's projects related to the territory of Vinci and Lower Valdarno. Set up inside one of the two sites of the Leonardian Museum, the Conti Guidi Castle, the exhibition therefore integrates with part of the collection of machines and models of the museum collection relating to water studies, hydraulic engineering and cartographic representation of the Valdarno lower.
A series of workshops and guided tours are also available, which can be consulted on the Leonardian Museum website

Porrettana Express

Eight historic trains from June to October on the tracks that made the history of Italy

Unique views over the Apennines, pristine forests inhabited by deer and roe deer, small villages where you can rediscover traditional cuisine and little-known artistic itineraries, a journey into nature and in Italian history: Porrettana Express is born, a project to enhance the territory that unites Tuscany and Emilia Romagna through one of the oldest and most symbolic railway lines in the country, the Porrettana. The initiative, which plans to create a real widespread Railway Ecomuseum, kicks off on Sunday 30 June with the inaugural train of the cycle of eight dedicated journeys, each characterized by carriage activities and significant stages along the route.

Starting from the Historic Rotabili Deposit of Pistoia, some early twentieth-century cars will accompany families and the curious along the route of the one that aims to be known in the world as the Transappenninica of Italy, among small villages immersed in greenery, tunnels and viaducts of ancient memory . The history of the Porrettana line, in fact, has its roots in the crucial years of our country, between the wars that led to independence and the unification of Italy. The first embryo of "rail road destined for public transit" dates back to 1845, when the brothers Bartolomeo, Pietro and Tommaso Cini of San Marcello obtained from the Grand Duke of Tuscany Leopold II the authorization to carry out the necessary studies. This led to the signing of the agreement for the construction of the "Central Italy Railway", destined to join the Austrian railway system with the Tuscan network, bringing together five pre-unification states: the Austrian Empire, the Papal States, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Duchy of Modena, Duchy of Parma. Made by the Kingdom of Savoy and then by the newborn Kingdom of Italy, the Porrettana was inaugurated in 1864 and became the backbone of communications between north and central-south. It played a central role during the Great War and until the thirties, when it was outclassed by the Direttissima Prato-Bologna.

The project leader, the result of a team effort that involved numerous subjects from small territorial realities to public institutions and bodies, is Transapp, an association that brings together numerous Tuscan and Emilian organizations. Porrettana Express is promoted and supported by the Municipalities of Pistoia and San Marcello Piteglio, by the Tuscany Region, by Toscana Promozione Turistica and by the CARIPT Foundation, with the decisive contribution of the FS Foundation. To coordinate communication and promotion Giorgio Tesi Editrice, which over the years has been able to establish itself for the interventions in support of the Pistoia area and its tourist, historical and artistic value conducted both locally, nationally and internationally.

The Pantagruel Cooperative will coordinate guided tours, educational workshops and activities up and down the tracks, while the writing, interpretation and recording of the story about the history of the railway that will be listened to by passengers while traveling is organized by the Cultural Center Il Funaro. This first cycle of trips represents the beginning of an ambitious journey destined to grow over the years, also thanks to the collaboration with the Educational Services of the Municipality of Pistoia, with the involvement of schools and local realities.

The Transappenninica is presented as a panoramic gateway to the Pistoia mountain system, dotted with a dense network of paths for lovers of outdoor sports, in particular trekking and mountain biking, new perspectives and an artistic and museum heritage still in large part to be exploited, which make it a destination of excellence for families and travelers looking for a full immersion experience to the rhythm of nature. A series of trips that - in collaboration with Coldiretti - also wants to rediscover and enhance a food and wine tradition made up of typical products and ancient recipes.

Here is the travel calendar with departure from the Pistoia Historic Rotatable Depot (arrival and departure destinations in brackets)
30 June Inaugural train with authorities, journalists and passengers (Piteccio - Pracchia - Ecomuseum of the Pistoia Mountains)
13 July KIDS train by the Pantagruel Cooperative (Orsigna)
August 18 Train "Pracchia & musica" by Transapp
September 15th “SMI Museum and Gothic Line” Train
22 September Green Train by Legambiente
October 6 Train "The theater by train" by Il Funaro (arrives in Porretta Terme)
October 13 Train Kids organized by the Pantagruel Cooperative
October 27 Train in yellow by the Amici del Giallo of Pistoia (arrives in Porretta Terme)