Collodi in Tuscany is a small village famous for having inspired Carlo Collodi to invent the adventures of Pinocchio, the most beloved puppet.
There is a place in Italy that contains all the magic of one of the most loved children’s books ever: Pinocchio. And perhaps not everyone knows that the atmospheres of the novel by Carlo Collodi, aka Carlo Lorenzini, can be found in the place that most of all inspired him: Collodi in Tuscany. In this small fraction of the municipality of Pescia, in the province of Pistoia, the mother of the author of Pinocchio, Angiolina. This place remained so much in Carlo’s heart that, when choosing a pseudonym to use for his first journalistic collaborations, he opted precisely for the surname Collodi. But what is so special about this small Tuscan village that has so impressed the imagination of one of the most beloved authors of Italian literature for children and young people? This is a trip to the village of Collodi, a destination that will fascinate children thanks to its special atmosphere.
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Collodi in Tuscany, what to see in the village of Pinocchio
Collodi in Tuscany will be forever and inextricably linked to Carlo Collodi and his puppet, but a visit to this small hamlet is not worth it just for this. The first thing that will strike the children upon arrival is the very structure of the village: in their eyes it will look like a cascade of houses, which in fact were built on the side of a hill for defensive purposes. The village is very ancient, its origins start from the XII: the houses are the perfect example of medieval architecture for a dip in the true and authentic past.
The Garzoni Garden in Collodi
Before visiting the Pinocchio Park, one of the most popular attractions for young and old alike, are worth a visit Garzoni Garden and the beautiful Butterfly House, which are located a few minutes walk from the park dedicated to Collodi’s puppet. The Garden is actually much more: it is a villa full of secrets among statues, fountains and water features. The beauty of this place is found above all in the hidden corners to be found, where families can challenge each other to look for the most beautiful glimpse or the most mysterious statue. In the Garzoni Garden the Scala D’Acqua and the beautiful Labyrinth are unmissable: the legend says that if two boyfriends eventually meet in the maze of bushes starting from two different points, their love is destined for infinity. Other points to see absolutely (even without an itinerary! In a place like this, the best is to get lost) are the Verzura Theater and the Avenue of the Poor, where strange statues accompany visitors. The pavilion of Baby baths it is unique in its kind because its tanks are discovered one at a time, without the others showing themselves except from a particular perspective. The Villa can be visited in some rooms, such as the library: inside art lovers will find works by Correggio and, on the outside, also a beautiful portico by Filippo Juvarra.
The Butterfly House
The Butterfly House is another highlight of this park that moves between art, nature and history. Children will be amazed in front of this transparent casket that contains hundreds of tropical and equatorial butterflies inside. The effort to reconstruct their environments of origin means that these creatures can fly free in a context that reminds them of the natural one. The best part is the educational one: children can discover how a butterfly is born, what are the differences between the day and night ones (moths) and also the meaning of the color of their beautiful wings.
Villa Garzoni in Collodi in Tuscany
Collodi, the Pinocchio Park with children
The real attraction of Collodi is the Pinocchio Park, an open-air reconstruction of the history of the puppet invented by Carlo Collodi. In the intentions of those who created it, it is a path with many surprises to discover, with stages that are interspersed with sculptures, buildings and small ideas that strike the attention of even small children. In this way they discover the story from another point of view and are amazed by works such as that of the Shark, who at a certain point in the novel swallows the puppet and also his father.
In the Pinocchio Park there are also routes with a high rate of adventure (the Adventure Path – Pinocchio Adventure) with two points loved by children, namely the Fly on the River is The Corsair Ship. A flight on a Tibetan tip that ends with jumps between the trunks and culminates with a visit to a pirate ship. This section is accessible thanks to the Pinocchio Park ticket for children aged 5 and over with a height between one meter and one and a half meters.
For those who want to listen to and rediscover the story of Pinocchio, there is the Museum with the Talking Cricket Room, the voice of the conscience of the little puppet who, in this place, becomes a virtual companion in the exhibitions dedicated to Collodi’s work.
Because we all love Pinocchio
What was that Pinocchio for entire generations of children and young people? His story is a mix of adventure and fantasy, with a great moralistic intent: to explain to readers that action always corresponds to a consequence. The cause and effect of Pinocchio’s pranks, who became a real child after being carved in wood by Mastro Geppetto, is indeed a story of revenge but also of courage. And the happy ending that sees dad and son reunited and Pinocchio finally repent of the mistakes he made, from Candlewick to Mangiafuoco passing through the Cat and the Fox is what everyone remembers and loves, even when they grow up.
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