Discover the Greatest Genius of All Time in the
Heart of Rome

Explore Museo Leonardo da Vinci in Piazza del Popolo, located at the end of The Corso and only a 5 minute walk from the Spanish Steps.

Immerse yourself in an interactive world of Leonardo's passions and studies in the underground vaults of Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, a major papal basilica second only in importance to St Peter's and one of the seven pilgrim churches in Rome.

Leonardo was anointed the master artist of Florence at the tender age of 18, responsible for the iconic artworks of the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and The Vitruvian Man.

Whilst you won't see the original artworks at this museum, you will discover his incredible story, groundbreaking inventions, detailed anatomical sketches, startling scientific discoveries and much more that will leave you amazed that one person could create so much in one short life.

The museum is the most popular dedicated Leonardo museum in Rome - great for all the family to enjoy, a must-see stop on the Rome itinerary so don't miss your chance to be inspired.

Simply purchase your tickets at the Museum entrance

We accept cash and all major credit cards with a reduced entry for all ROMA PASS holders. We welcome schools, groups and private tours – see contact details for more information.


Address: Piazza del Popolo, 12, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Telephone: +39 06 3200144

Opening Times

Open from 10 am to 8 pm every day. (Last entrance 7:15 pm)


Underground: Linea A (Flaminio Stop)
Tram: No. 02
Bus: No. 89, 61, 495, 490, 117


Leonardo da Vinci is widely celebrated as a leading Renaissance painter and sculptor, but although he was also known as an engineer and a scientist his work in these fields remained hidden for many centuries. It is only relatively recently that analysis of his full body of work has led us to realise the full scope of his genius – he truly was one of the greatest inventors, artists, scientists and thinkers of all time.


Combine your visit to Museo Leonardo da Vinci and Piazza del Popolo (The Peoples' Piazza) by exploring the incredible historic and stunning Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore. Discover original Caravaggio paintings from the 1600s and the magnificent Chigi Chapel, built and decorated by the legendary Raphael.

Santa Maria is the burial site of 6 Popes. Legend also has it that the cruel and debaucherous Nero is buried deep below the church - the infamous Emperor who played the violin while Rome burned.


Leonardo started painting the Mona Lisa in 1503 and kept her with him until his death in 1519, reworking her constantly. The painting was not well-known until the mid-19th century, when artists of the symbolist movement associated her with ideas about the feminine mystique. Today, she is considered too valuable to move and lives behind bullet-proof glass in the Louvre.


Duke Ludovico Sforza commissioned the Last Supper for the dining hall wall in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. The painting depicts the moment after Christ has announced that one of those dining with him will betray him. The twelve apostles react with varying degrees of outrage, shock and questioning. Leonardo worked on it between 1495 and 1498.


The golden ratio is a harmonic relationship between elements of a form that occurs throughout nature. For Renaissance thinkers, such ratios were mathematically and aesthetically pleasing and fundamental to the universe's structure. The ideal human body would reflect these perfect proportions.