Honeysuckle in Vinci.
I like Leonardo, but as all my friends will tell you, I
think the guy is overrated. In any case, we went to Vinci to see where Leonardo
DaVinci lived. It was a pretty Tuscan town, but I rather liked Cortona better.
In any case, we did a little Vinci hike to Leo's supposed childhood home. We
took the longer path rather than the short one, but it was nice. The way the
fields were really reminded me of home in Minnesota
so it was a nice little breath of homey air. Before we went on the hike to his
house however, we saw one of the museums in town. There are actually two of
them, one of which is in the caves and our professor said that that was the
cooler of the two. But it was closed for maintenance and so we had to suffice
with the other museum. The one we visited had some wooden models of some of his
designs and a full sized flying machine. This museum was right by the church
that Leonardo was baptized in, which we also got to see. It was rather dark
inside and quite brisk, but it was welcome after being in the hot air outside.
There was also a relatively new (1980s) sculpture made from wood in the design
of DaVinci’s Drawing of a Man. It
was a neat little day trip, but next time I go to Italy I don't think I'll stop
by to see it again, nor do I really recommend going out of your way to visit