The day we went to Vinci, it was cold and rainy. We picnicked on the side of the road, beside a picnic table, but stayed in the car during a torrential downpour. It was still fun! Vinci is located 35 kilometers west of Florence, but on the winding roads it seemed longer. You can take the large highway between Florence and Empoli, but we liked taking the most scenic route. You can also get there by taking the train to Empoli and then a bus to Vince. It is a beautiful drive, but the rain made it difficult. Nevertheless, when we arrived it was all about Leonardo!

The tiny village is proud of their son, who was born here in 1452. It is a quaint little walled village with many tributes to Leonardo. The farmhouse where he was born is still standing just a couple of kilometers outside of the town and you can get a ticket to see it for an extra euro at the museum. The museum is easy to find in the small town and well worth a visit. It is located in two buildings and has many drawings and machines designed by Leonardo. My favorite was the one of the wings.

The museum is opened March-October 9:30-7, and November-February 9:30-6 and the all inclusive ticket costs 11 euro. Check out current costs and times at the site here.

Visiting the museum was a great way to spend this rainy day, but unfortunately because of it, we didn’t really get to see what else the tiny village might offer. I will keep it on my list to visit again!


This bridge located near Borgo di Mozzano, in the province of Lucca, was an important part of a pilgrimage route from France to Rome in the middle ages, called the via Francigena. This bridge, also known as the “bridge of the devil”, crosses the Serchio river.

The bridge is an unbelievable example of medieval engineering and ingenuity, and wa built in about 1080-1100 under the rule of Matlida of Tuscany. It was renovated in 1300 and the largest span is 37.8 meters.

You will find the bridge noted on most maps and there are directional signs to get to it. There is a small free parking lot at the base of the bridge and you can walk to the top of it.

We had a “snack” at the bar across the street which has nice sandwiches, cheese and salami plates and your favorite beverages.

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Sorry but this event has already passed, but put it on your calendar for next year. It’s the Florence Wine Event. I have attended it for the past several years and I have to say that each year it gets better and better.
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This year’s event took place at the Ippodromo Visarno. It is located in the Cascine Park and is the place where the carriage and horse races are held. I had never been there before, but it is lovely!

The location was huge, but the booths were set up under the loggia. The area was green, quiet, a little secluded and just perfect for this event.
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Wines from all over Italy were available along with grappa, olive oil, truffle products, sweets and other food items. The cost of the event was only 10 euro for 10 tastings, but as usual, no one was counting or keeping track on the little cards that they gave you.
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In this location not only are there they races, but also this summer they are holding concerts there. You can find out more information here
Next June, look for the Florence Wine Event! It’s terrific!
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