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Museo Leonardo da Vinci, Rome

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Museo Leonardo da Vinci brings you an all-encompassing view of a man who is arguably the greatest genius the world has known and someone who definitely lived an extraordinary life. The museum is situated in the vibrant heart of Rome at the famous Basilica Santa Maria in Piazza del Popolo, a short five-minute walk from the Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese.

Bringing to life the genius of Leonardo da Vinci as an inventor, artist scientist, anatomist, engineer and architect, the museum is a fascinating and inspirational experience, perfect for visitors of all ages and suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

Museo Leonardo da Vinci presents interactive and life-size machines crafted by Italian artisans from Leonardo’s codices, studies of his most famous Renaissance art, anatomical sketches and multimedia animations which tell the fascinating stories of The Last Supper, Vitruvian Man and the Sforza equestrian sculpture.
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  • It cost 10 a person and only a few of his inventions. Most were replicas. Over priced to see little. Skip this one!  more »
  • The place is a tick on the agenda , but it was not what I had expected. To most it may seem fairly authentic to me , not so ... I don't write negative reviews however the cost and the visit were not m...  more »
  • As a Da Vinci fan who loves his work in all it's genius not just his sculpture and painting,this little exhibit has everything, fabulous models constructed of his work, good English explanations and y...  more »
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  • Very interesting little museum. It provided a more complete insight into the life of da Vinci, illustrating how he was far more than just an prolific artist. It featured a mix of replica paintings, models machines and other displays. A lot of the models, based on da Vinci's designs, were available to be tested. Overall, a very interesting place to spend an hour or so.
  • Tourist trap? It's bright and clean, but was Da Vinci ever in Rome? You'd learn more just reading a 2 page bio. The machines are neat, but you don't get the historical context. You can go through the whole museum thinking Da Vinci was always an old man, that everyone admired him, that no one else built similar stuff for entertainment or war. It's the museum equivalent of a puff piece.
  • If you lije physic and Leonardo da Vinci you will enjoy it. Its not big but most of exhibition demonstrate the key parts of Leonardo's inventions. You can touch and try most of them.
  • I do agree with the other comments. This is a small museum, containing approximately forty exhibits. Which range from recreations of da Vinci's inventions to "fakes" of some of his paintings. It cost 10 Euro to enter which was a little high considering the size. The exhibits contained information, and a lot of them would be played with to see how they worked. There was also additional videos on some of his work, but these cycled through several languages so you had to be lucky to find one they you could understand. It is well worth visiting, especially if you are a fan of da Vinci. My girlfriend was dragged in with me and enjoyed it as well. She doesn't normally like museums or such.
  • Enjoyed to see and touch most of the items in the exhibit, but the museum is really small.