Discover Leonardo da Vinci's vineyard, a plot of land once tended by the Renaissance genius
La Vigna di Leonardo has been opened to the public in 2015, just a short distance from the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie where Leonardo painted The Last Supper. By Stefania Vida
At one of the landmark locations frequented by Leonardo da Vinci, an unknown piece of history, imbued with mystery, has finally been brought to the attention of the world-at-large. A captivating story that is bound to fire the imagination of all Leonardo aficionados. To mark the opening of Expo 2015, researchers excavated the plot where Leonardo’s vineyard once stood in the gardens of the Casa degli Atellani. The public can finally visit the House and Vineyard thanks to a oneof-a-kind museum tour divided into seven designated areas (the courtyards of Piero Portaluppi, the Zodiac Hall, the Luini Hall, Ettore Conti’s studio, the Staircase Hall, the Garden of Earthly Delights – the novellas of Matteo Bandello and Leonardo’s Vineyard).
THE CASA DEGLI ATELLANI The Casa degli Atellani is a magnificent Renaissance dwelling situated in front of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Partly renovated by architect Portaluppi, who lived here, this historical palazzo, albeit modified over the centuries, is the only building in corso Magenta that still retains its Renaissance appearance intact. Due to this, numerous frescoes are still visible such as, for example, those housed in the Zodiac Hall, also featuring exquisite mosaic flooring adorned with planets and signs of the zodiac which Portaluppi redesigned to match the frescoes on the walls. The tour, enhanced by audio guide commentary and descriptive panels located along the way, takes in 7 exhibition spaces. Lasting for roughly 30 minutes, the tour caters to groups consisting of a maximum of 25 people every 15 minutes. Audio guides are available in 10 languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian and Italian) plus a version in Milanese dialect. Open daily from 9am to 6pm.
Zodiac Hall >> La Vigna di Leonardo (Casa degli Atellani). Corso Magenta, 65. www.vignadileonardo.com