The Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci. Water as a Microscope of Nature

Events in Florence: from October 30, 2018 to January 20, 2019

On the occasion of the celebrations of the 5th centenary of the Genius's death, the Uffizi have the great privilege of hosting the Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci, lent to the city of Florence by its owner Bill Gates.

The 72 sheets of the Code will be on display from October 30th to January 20th, 2019 at the Magliabechiana Hall of the Uffizi Gallery. The document, one of the most important Leonardian works, consists of prodigious notes and realistic drawings on the themes of water and the environment. The code represents a true summa of Leonardo's scientific activity in the period of its splendor. The manuscript dates back to the years between 1504 and 1508, when the master of Vinci devoted himself to anatomy studies at the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova and focused on the flight mechanism and on innovative solutions to make the Arno river navigable. Visiting the exhibition, you have the opportunity to discover his brilliant theories closely and appreciate their surprising relevance to modern times. The Codex Leicester, in its original handwritten form, can be consulted thanks to innovative devices.


  • Where: Magliabechiana Hall, Uffizi
  • Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15 a.m. to 6.50 p.m. 
  • Information: +39 055 294883 


The Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci at Uffizi​ Recommended by: Palazzo Vecchietti