The village of Vinci, near Florence, is situated on the slopes of Montalbano, massive hills rich in vineyards and olive groves and terraces supported by the characteristic dry walls. The most ancient part of Vinci presents a plan in the form of almond, unusual in this area of Tuscany. Looking at it from top, it seems a two-shafts boat (where the two trees would be the tower of the Fortress of the Counts Guidi and the bell tower of the church of Santa Croce). The historic center of the village of Leonardo da Vinci is known, for this reason, also as "Castel Ship".
Vinci is the village where Leonardo was born, and therein lies the Biblioteca Leonardiana, international center of Leonardo studies, and the municipal Museo Leonardiano di Vinci, wide and prestigious collection of models of inventions leonardiane realized inside the Palazzina Uzielli and of the Castle of the Counts Guidi, a wonderful medieval fortification dating back to the XI century. Here he also seat of the Ideal Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci, dedicated to the deepening of the topicality of the figure of Leonardo and the complexity of its work of artist, scientist, inventor and designer. To see, along the hilly track toward Lamporecchio, the Garden of Leonardo and the Utopia, of which the Ideal Museum is treating the realization.