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The "flight" of Leonardo

From "Il Regresso" (bus Ataf n7) starting near Hotel Villa S. Michele. At a hexagonal tower, plumbing work to catch a spring of water from Montececeri, produced by John Temple Leader (emblem in stone) to nurture a pool in the Fattoria di Maiano. The route was one of the main streets of service to cave "for the transport of stone towards Florence. We appreciate the works of survivors regimazione hydropower, and, at a safe distance, several fronts cut. It comes to the Quarry Braschi and from there to Cava Sarti (informative panels in place)

Historical documents and a good dose of legend said that Leonardo da Vinci, among its many ingenious inventions, also tried to give the wings to man so that he can fly like a bird, which had long observed and studied. The attempt that was made all remember, they say, just from Montececeri. The "master" use the wings that had built on the shoulders of one of his assistant and invited him to throw in a vacuum. The starting point for the "flight", which is not very well but ended badly either, since it is said that the boy had only some broken bones, and was listed as the current square Leonardo, and the landing should be located around the area of "Regresso", where it was placed a plaque which commemorates the event or, say others, in pratone that is under the Badia Fiesolana. In both cases, this was a flight of considerable length.

Is much more likely is that the flight lasted only a few dozen metres, perhaps finishing in one of the overhangs that are on the side of the park to Maiano

The itinerary takes away from Leonardo Largo, near the curve The Regres along the provincial highway connecting Fiesole to Florence. On the wall in neo-Gothic style of Villa La Torrossa, you can read the plaque which commemorates the text that Leonardo da Vinci wrote in March 1501, announcing want groped flight from its human Montececeri

Leaving the left Villa San Michele, a former Franciscan convent owned by the family of Davanzati now turned into a luxury hotel, it starts to rise, taking the path of approach to the park, to the left of the forest oaks, poplars, oaks and cypress trees to the right and just put a wall safe. After about one hundred meters in height, you enter the park itself, and take a piece of the first climb, and then there is left the quarry Righi.

The trail resumes climb more gently on the left another extraordinary view of Florence and an openness which is plausible that the party is human flight of Leonardo da Vinci, which tells you what probably ended on pratone of Maiano or pratone fiesolana the Abbey, both easily visible from this point, the extreme left and the other, farther to the right.

It began rising again, keeping to the right toward the interior of the park, turn right and you are faced with a steep climb, half of which is clearly visible along the trail, a small quarry stone dead, stone is still used for fireplaces, furnaces and wing. Later, on the left, can be seen in the woods of a "warehouse" made of dry stone to keep the tools of stone and the stones around. After a further steep climb we reach the broad plaza that opens in front of the Quarry Sarti, where you can see the remains of some warehouses.

Along the quarry, we arrive at a narrow path equipped with stairs that leads directly to Leonardo square, the centre of the park, which é‘šecondo tradition and as a stone, the place "official" from which departed, the "flight" Leonardo, a flight that the genius of Vinci did in fact make one of their apprentices and that ended, as everyone knows, with a precipitous fall.

A terrace on Florence

The road from the early Christian church of Santa Maria Primerana leads to Montececeri follows the route of the ancient Etruscan walls of the south side overlooking Florence. Several types of popular home (now restored) and the bourgeois nineteenth century, make it more interesting the first part. More on the high road, with its wall of protection and moulding serene stone used as a seat, is a place loved by residents in winter in sunny days. Leaving on the left side walls Etruscan eastern one enters the park through the stonecutters. Path classic for lovers of views and views. As all the world knows, Fiesole has among its main wealth, the fact of being the place from which one has the best view of Florence, that is one of the most striking views that the human eye can enjoy. In this area Montececeri is a privileged, being among the top of the hills fiesolane, at the point closest and high. But the views of Florence, on the southern side, are numerous, from Mino Square, the main square of Fiesole, until Park. Suddenly, towards the valley, open squarci breathtaking, in a clear and sunny day could give rise loves and perhaps even cause the syndrome disorientation that took a century and a half ago, the French writer Stendhal.

The itinerary takes away from Mino Square, the main square of Fiesole, overlooked by the Town Hall, the Cathedral of St. Romulus, the palace of the seminary and the church of Santa Maria Primerana. Leaving the left this small church, you start to rise by Verdi and is on the left shortly after a beautiful mansion, called San Michele. The street, between two stone walls, is a typical example of hilly roads of villages Florentine. Once past the first ascent, on the right opens the first extraordinary view of Florence, it is possible to appreciate in its entirety following the path even dell'Arno by Varlungo, on the left, until Scandicci. On the right is clearly visible the dome by Brunelleschi, Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce, and in front of the Municipal Stadium designed by Nervi in the thirties. Under the "terrace" alternate cypress and olive trees and down the whole convent of San Domenico. Continue still at the fork and then take a shower right because, shortly after the House of Rest for Nurse, built in the twenties by the Italian Red Cross in memory of nurse death in war. Along the way many gardens adorned with plants from different essences (wisteria, jasmine, biancospini) and in spring fill the air smells. At the end of the road one enters into a narrow path, partly paved with stone and partly dirt, which drops steeply to the Regres. Here and there, among the trees, squarci open minded, and you can see the Villa di Maiano and Torrossa.

Going forward, overcome an opening on the right hand from which a narrow path, along the splendid Villa San Michele, now a hotel and extra Franciscan convent once owned by the family Davanzati, with a beautiful garden adorned with sculptures and Magnolia trees. The road begins to climb very steep, before you see the Park Montececeri, and spend between two high walls dry walking on a paved impervious, partly paved with stone and in the end, in fact steps. The climb ends near the green Montececeri, where there medium schools. It turns right, along a broad path that leads to the park, then we will forward on the path inside the forest, which is open between the trees viewpoints, until the real terrace offering extraordinary view on the east of Florence, where possible, in a clear day, see the settlements of Bagno a Ripoli and Pontassieve.Continue right, moved to the right and park behind the profile Montececeri dotted with cypress and oak. One enters by way Montececeri, which is one of the most beautiful scenic roads of Fiesole, a continuous succession of extraordinary views of the valley of Florence. At the crossroads follow right through Belvedere, a road that passes through the village and the houses that overlook small squares with paved sections originating in stone. The road descends steeply to square Mino. On the right you can see the Convent of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Word made flesh, surrounded by a beautiful wall with plaster designed to graffiti, a technique which is widespread in Florence and the surrounding area in the mansions of the late 800's. Going there still is facing another hill of Fiesole, dominated from the Convent of San Francisco and then, after passing the Monastery of Poor Clares, a sudden opening bell at the Cathedral. Continue taking away Santa Maria and shortly after the journey ends Mino returning to the streets.