Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci" ☆☆

The Leonardo da Vinci gallery, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Milan, Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
The Leonardo da Vinci gallery

Amazing recreations from the master inventor of the Renaissance

The heart and soul of this engaging museum are the working scale models of Leonardo da Vinci's submarines, airplanes, and other engineering feats that, for the most part, the master only ever invented on paper (each exhibit includes a reproduction of the master's drawings and a model of his creations).

This former Benedictine monastery and its beautiful cloisters are also filled with planes, trains, carriages, sewing machines, typewriters, optical devices, and other exhibits, including some enchanting recreations of workshops, that comprise one of the world's leading collections of mechanical and scientific wizardry.

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  • The Leonardo da Vinci gallery, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Model of a Leonardo da Vinci–designed device to measure the weight-bearing ability of a wing, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Model of a Leonardo da Vinci–designed circular cannon designed for use on a ship
  • Model of a Leonardo da Vinci–designed flying machine (the so-called Da Vinci Helicopter), Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • A 1938 Olivetti Studio 42 typewriter, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • A 1918–21 schooner brig launched as the San Giorgio, converted to a minesweeper in WWII, and then served as a training vessel for the Italian navy, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Model of a Leonardo da Vinci–designed parachute, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Wooden model of a Leonardo da Vinci–designed adjustable canon, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • A Lamperti & Garbagnati camera built between 1890 and 1910, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Model of a Leonardo da Vinci–designed tank, armed with cannon and designed to be run by 8 men cranking the gear system, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Model of a Leonardo da Vinci–designed stone-launching ballista designed to be as compact as possible, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Model of a Leonardo da Vinci–designed bench for studying the effect of friction on various materials, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • , Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo by Stefano Stabile)
  • Scale model of a 1920s Edison-type tram, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo by Arbalete)
  • Model of a Leonardo da Vinci–designed ship, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Last Supper (1626) by Giovanni Mauro Della Rovere, called Il Fiammenghino, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • A piano, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • A 1961 Foucault
  • Model of a Leonardo da Vinci–designed underwater diving suit, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • A model of an outstretched wing based on a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Model of a Leonardo da Vinci–designed automated drumming machine, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Model of a Leonardo da Vinci–designed auger, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e delle Tecnica "Leonardo da Vinci", Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
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Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for sightseeing

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is?... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the museum il museo eel moo-ZAY-yo
...the church la chiesa lah key-YAY-zah
...the cathedral il duomo [or] la cattedrale eel DUO-mo [or] lah cah-the-DRAH-leh
     
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
Closed day giorno di riposo JOR-no dee ree-PO-zo
Weekdays (Mon-Sat) feriali fair-ee-YA-lee
Sunday & holidays festivi fe-STEE-vee
     
ticket biglietto beel-YET-toh
two adults due adulti DOO-way ah-DOOL-tee
one child un bambino oon bahm-BEE-no
one student uno studente OO-noh stu-DENT-ay
one senior un pensionato oon pen-see-yo-NAH-toh

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).