June 25, 2001
Have you ever asked yourself "how in the world did they build the Duomo centuries ago without any modern tools?" Well I have, and this is the place to go to find out how they did it.
"The Genuis of Leonardo" is now a permanent exhibit at this Museum. Included in the exhibit is a model of Leonardo da Vinci’s many inventions and some of his original sketches and journals. His flying machine hangs near the entrance. He also invented military machines and construction equipment using pulleys and wheels etc. to make it possible to lift and move the large stones to create the great buildings of his time. As you walk through the rooms there are computer screens which are available in several languages to give you a computer generated model of how each machine works, how it was used and how it was built.
There are working mini models of some of the cranes and other machinery that were used to build the Duomo and other structures in Florence.
I will have to say this was a pleasant surprise since I was going just to accommodate my friend. Interestingly one of his favorite activities on the trip was one I picked and he went along to accommodate me.
From journal My Favorite City in Italy