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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A scheme for a canal to bypass the Arno c.1503-4

RCIN 912279

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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.