500 years ago Leonardo disappeared, Mattarella hosted by Macron in Amboise to kick off celebrations


President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella meets with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death in Amboise.

Celebrations are also beginning in France to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, who died in Amboise on May 2, 1519. Today the president of the republic, Sergio Mattarella, is in France where he met with his transalpine counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, precisely in Amboise: it is from the town on the Loire that the celebrations kick off. During the visit, the two heads of state (Mattarella was accompanied by his daughter Laura, and Macron by his wife Brigitte) paid their respects at Leonardo da Vinci’s tomb in the Saint-Hubert Chapel (two bouquets of flowers were laid for the occasion). This was the first meeting between the two presidents since the recent tensions over the yellow vests and the colonial franc, which led France to recall its ambassador to Rome in February: the summit thus also served to get the dialogue between the two countries back on a constructive track.

After the visit to Amboise, the meeting includes a transfer to the Chteau du Clos-Lucé where the presentation of the 50 projects of the Viva Leonardo Da Vinci! 500 ans de Renaissance en Centre-Val de Loire, and finally visit Chambord Castle, where Mattarella and Macron will meet five hundred Italian and French students engaged in working groups in the fields of architecture, literature, space, physics and science, led by Renzo Piano, Alessandro Baricco, Samantha Cristoforetti and Thomas Pesquet, Fabiola Gianotti and Gabriel Chardin. Also present in Amboise this morning for Italy was the minister of cultural heritage, Alberto Bonisoli.

In the photo, Sergio Mattarella and Emmanuel Macron in Amboise

500 years ago Leonardo disappeared, Mattarella hosted by Macron in Amboise to kick off celebrations
500 years ago Leonardo disappeared, Mattarella hosted by Macron in Amboise to kick off celebrations