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A scheme for a canal to bypass the Arno


RCIN 912279

Leonardo promoted a scheme for a canal from Florence towards the sea, as the Arno is not navigable through rapids to the west of the city. This vigorous drawing shows his proposed route: north from Florence (at right) via Prato and Pistoia, then through a deep cut in a mountain pass, rejoining the Arno near Pisa. There is no evidence that his plans were ever seriously considered by the Florentine government.

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