Leonardo’s Birthplace to Reopen

The birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci is set to reopen Friday after being restored. Leonardo, the illegitimate son of a wealthy notary and a peasant, was born April 15, 1452 in a country estate in Anchiano, a Tuscan town known for its picturesque olive trees and a medieval charm that has hardly changed since his birth.

From Saturday onward, the dwelling will resume regular visiting hours, which came to a halt during a 1.2-million-euro overhaul and modernization. One notable new feature is a multimedia presentation in which a hologram of the Tuscan master recounts stories from his life.

Admission will be free Saturday and Sunday, after which entry costs two euros. Visitors can purchase an eight-euro package to also enter the Leonardo Museum in neighboring Vinci, home of the artist’s father..

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