‘Flight, the appearance of absent things, a word heard in the same, random tone of whoever uttered it unhindered by distance of time and place, the deep seas crossed, [...] all the fabulous wonders of One Thousand and One Nights, and many others, have come true, machines make them come true. These are no longer leaps into impossible fantasies and feelings, dreams, symbols of the boundless freedom of poetry. They have become the effects of man-made instruments.’

"Letter from Ungaretti to Sinisgalli", in Civiltà delle Macchine issue 1, January 1953

There is an indissoluble thread linking the history of Italy with that of Leonardo. This began in the second half of the 19th century, and then, in the 20th century, during the country’s industrial development, it weaved the fabric of a history marked by innovation and made up of new discoveries, extraordinary projects and advanced production processes.

Formerly known as Finmeccanica, and since 2017 Leonardo, the company has embraced the legacy, systemic thinking and ingenuity of Leonardo da Vinci. Many of the areas (in terms of both analysis and execution) explored by Leonardo’s genius have turned out, over time, to offer inspiration and insight to the workers, technicians and engineers who, with their ideas and ambitions, lived through the industrial fortunes of the companies that later became part of the Group's history.

Leonardo SpA’s legacy is one of industrial vision, synergies built through participation in strategic international programmes, and continuous investment in research and in the people who work there. These people are guardians of a wealth of expertise, from shipbuilding to electronics, from mechanics to engineering, from aerospace to artificial intelligence and the new frontiers of supercomputing.

It is with them that the company is today creating a new ‘grammar of innovation’ to keep pace with the digital revolution. A mix of science and technology, invention and application, factories and skills, Leonardo’s is a legacy that, by its very nature, looks to the future and is one of which everyone, every day, is a witness.

Video banner : Compagnia Generale di Elettricità factories, Milan, 1955 - 1956,
Courtesy Fondazione Ansaldo