A year full of events dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci for the 500th anniversary of his death

The genius Leonardo da Vinci is the unique protagonist of this 2019, as Italy and many other countries celebrate the 500th year anniversary of his death, which occurred on May 2, 1519 in Amboise, France.

On the occasion of this important anniversary, many interesting events are being organized both in Italy and in other parts of Europe, from France to Holland to the United Kingdom.

Let’s take a look at those we have found are being organized locally, in Florence and Tuscany., with a brief note of others we have found new for so far.

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Florence has opened the calendar of initiatives with the exhibition “The Leicester Code of Leonardo da Vinci. The Water Microscope of Nature “, at the Uffizi Gallery until January 20th. The Leicester Code, on loan by Bill Gates, the current owner, shows Leonardo’s annotations and drawings focusing mainly on the theme of water, which fascinated the genius a lot.

At the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio from February to December 2019 several special itineraries are being organized dedicated to the Battle of Anghiari, the famous fresco that Leonardo created in the Salone dei Cinquecento but which was covered after just a few years. From March to June, it will be possible to visit an exhibition dedicated to Leonardo and Florence.

The complex of Santa Maria Novella will host an exhibition on Leonardo and botany, scheduled from September to December.

The Museo Galileo will instead organize an exhibition on Leonardo and perpetual motion in 2020.


Vinci, the town where Leonardo was born, located in the province of Florence, celebrates this important anniversary with an exhibition set up inside the Museo Leonardiano. From April 15 to October 15, you can find the exhibition “Leonardo. At the origins of the genius“.


In the small village of Anghiari, where you can find a museum dedicated to the Battle of Anghiari and already discover interesting information on the “mysterious” fresco of the battle made by Leonardo at Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio, from September 1 2019 to January 12, 2020 you will also find the exhibition “From the work of Leonardo da Vinci to the Gioviana Series of the Uffizi “.

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The Museo dei Mezzi di Comunicazione (Museum of Communication Media) in Arezzo from April to November 2019 will host the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci in De Divina Proportione” about the important mathematical treatise by Luca Pacioli illustrated by Leonardo.


There will certainly be many other events taking place across Italy, here are the on’s we found so far.

Milan recalls the long artistic connection with Leonardo with a long series of events scheduled from May 2019 to January 2020, including the reopening of the Sala delle Asse at the Castello Sforzesco, after the conclusion of the restoration of paintings by Leonardo within. Also in the Castello Sforzesco, in the Sala delle Armi, a multimedia itinerary will be set up to take visitors on a space-time journey in the city of Milan at the time of the Renaissance.

At the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome from March 11 to August, the Scuderie del Quirinale will host the “Leonardo da Vinci. Scientist and inventor” (provisional title)


In France there will be over 500 cultural events dedicated to Leonardo, including a major exhibition scheduled at the Louvre Museum in Paris from the end of October 2019 to February 2020.

In the UK there will be 12 simultaneous exhibitions in which the public can view 144 drawings by Leonardo belonging to the Royal Collection of the British Crown. From May to October, over 200 drawings will be exhibited to the public in the Queen’s Gallery of Buckingham Palace.

About Cristina Romeo

Born in Florence at the end of the fabulous '70s, Cristina has always lived in the famous "cradle of the Renaissance". She's in love with her homeland, but also enjoys traveling and discovering new places. Cristina is mum to a lovely little girl, to whom she hopes to pass on all the passion and love of our precious, wonderful Tuscany.