The Vineyard of Leonardo

In one of Leonardo’s most important Milanese locations, it is finally possible to learn about a little-known story full of mystery that is guaranteed to captivate you: la Vigna di Leonardo. In the Casa degli Atellani, opposite The Last Supper in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

A forgotten story connects Leonardo da Vinci with the city of Milan: the story of a vineyard. A vineyard that Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan, gave as a gift to Leonardo in 1498 and that Leonardo protected and maintained at all costs over the years that followed; a vineyard connected with legends involving Leonardo, his works, his followers; a vineyard that is finally reborn today with complete respect for the original rows and varietals.

Leonardo da Vinci’s vineyard was in the middle of the fields, at the back of the current garden of the Casa degli Atellani, in the area that at the time belonged to the large vineyard of San Vittore. The Atellani were a family of Sforza courtiers to whom il Moro had given two houses years earlier. Ludovico il Moro had two dreams for this corner of the city: to make the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie the Sforza family mausoleum and to build a residential district to house his most faithful allies, like the Atellani and Leonardo. Casa degli Atellani is one of the few rare remaining vestiges of this Renaissance dream.

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