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

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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

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