Looking for Leonardo Da Vinci Part 1 – Self Propelling Ferry

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Da Vinci, the infamous renaissance artist not only made his mark in the big cities of Rome and Milan, but he also left precious treasures here in Lecco.
I’ve set out to try to visit them, so one by one I will share them with you!

Looking for Leonardo da Vinci: Part 1,
Self Propelling Ferry
Adda River, Imbersago Lecco, Italy

Leonardo da Vinci built a self propelling ferry which uses the river flow to move it across the river. The propellers are turned and it can cross again back to the other side. There were once five of these, but this is the only remaining working model. It is used daily to transport people as well as cars.
I didn’t see it in action, no one was crossing that day. But I stopped and had an ice cream and enjoyed the nature!
Starting from Brivio the bike path goes all the way to Milan

How to get there

  • You can ride a bike all the way from Lecco center by following the bike path on the Pescate side of the Adda River (20km).
  • Or drive to Brivio center (15km) and take a lovely 30 minute walk along the lake (5-7km).
  • You can also drive directly to the launching dock at the corner of Via Adda and Via Donatori di Sangue, Imbersago.
Lovely country side along the river bank, Adda River
Peaceful views, Adda River
Peaceful views, Adda River
The Leonardo da Vinci self propelling ferry, Imbersago
The Leonardo da Vinci self propelling ferry, Imbersago
All photos by C. Abernethy
Ciao!I’m Celia. I help style-savvy travelers plan an unforgettable trip to Milan and Lake Como offering local knowledge and personalized, friendly guidance. I’d be happy to share my insider tips and help you save time planning your trip. [Learn more]   

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Originally from New York, Celia now spends her time between Milan and Lake Como sharing her discoveries and experiences living in Italy. Follow @CeliaAbernethy on Twitter

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