The inventions of Leonardo da Vinci on display at the Portuguese Institute of St. Anthony.
50 fully functional full-size machines have returned to Rome after visiting more than 10 world capitals and 7 Italian cities in 15 years, arousing the interest of millions of visitors!
For the first time in Rome, the exhibition takes shape in its more structured path, showing the eyes of the visitor even the newly restored machines and those never exhibited before.
Each exhibit is a detailed and realistic reproduction of the inventions of the Italian artist and genius Leonardo da Vinci, the result of the work of a skilled passionate craftsman, a real tribute to his Genius.
Within the exhibition itinerary it will be possible to literally "enjoy" the mechanics of the works in operation and discover the historical outlines and curiosities to know in 6 different languages.
Visiting this exhibition offers you an unrepeatable opportunity to discover the underground areas of the institute perfectly restored and preserved, the memory of an underground Rome never seen before and otherwise precluded to visitors' eyes.
The exhibition is divided into two floors.
ROAD FLOOR: from the entrance of the gallery you pass through the ancient room once used as a pharmacy with the visible signs on the original beams of the ceiling of an ancient fire. If we turn our eyes towards the right side of the ceiling it is still possible to see the hatch to access the night shelter for doctors and pharmacists who guaranteed the service even at night. From here we proceed towards the luminous environments of the gallery that wind towards the access to the lower part of the exhibition, under the street level.
UNDERGROUND: it is accessed via a staircase, a fake historic building obtained from another stairway inside the properties of the Institute and in disuse. Going down towards the pano below it is possible to admire on the right side the remains of a stone dome that once blocked the access between the two floors. The world that will open in the eyes of the visitor in the basement is unexpected. An amazing work of restoration and conservation of the ancient viscera of the building are the natural frame for another series of perfectly functioning machines. Lights and scents of a past that would otherwise be forgotten return to live in the last part of the exhibition path, creating a perfect setting, worthy of a city that has always kept an enormous heritage all to be discovered in its bowels.
SOME RECOMMENDATIONS: to enjoy your stay in the exhibition spaces to the fullest, we advise you to bring a sweater with you! There is a dehumidification system in the rooms, however the tunnel basements have a lower temperature than the street level.
At the end of the path, don't forget to visit the jewel of art and architecture which is the amazing Church of Sant?Antonio in Campo Marzio with its Grand Symphonic Organ.