Le Vie di Leonardo Da Vinci

A futuristic bridge

Towards the East


The only city in the world to belong to two continents, Istanbul is a megalopolis, located along the Bosphorus strait, between the natural port of the Golden Horn and the northern shore of the Sea of Marmara.

Journey to the East
Leonardo, Codex Atlanticus
The bridge for Constantinople
Copy of the letter translated and sent to the Sultan

A letter illustrating Leonardo's proposal to Sultan Bayezid II

was sent from Genoa to Constantinople (today Istanbul), on July 3, 1503:

to build windmills, hydraulic ingenuity and a futuristic bridge over the Golden Horn,

between Pera (Galata) and Constantinople, 600 fathoms long (about 350 m) and with a single arch over the water of 400 (233 m). Furthermore, he hypothesized the construction of a much longer drawbridge over the Bosphorus, between Europe and Asia.



With its prodigious history, its strategic position between Europe and Asia, the capital of three great empires of the past, Istanbul is a fascinating global, cosmopolitan and multicultural city, a UNESCO heritage site since 1985. The heart of the old city evokes an incredible past, among minarets, domes, luxurious palaces, fountains and hamams. Among the numerous and significant places to visit are the Hagia Sophia Mosque, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Cistern, the Galata Tower, the Church of San Salvatore in Chora, the Gulhane Park, the Dolmabahce Palace, the Galata Bridge, the Taksim Square.

Horn and the Bosphorus are Leonardo's references to launch his proposal for two futuristic bridges in 1502.                       

Towards the East

Currently the Network and Itinerary of the " Le Vie di Leonardo Da Vinci " involves 6 cities ((Vinci, Amboise, Vipava, Istanbul,  Florence and Cesena) and 4 nations (Italy, France, Slovenia, Turkey).