Did you know that Pinocchio was born in Tuscany, Italy? It happened in the village of Collodi. Carlo Lorenzini took the name of the charming village in which his mother was born. Thus he became Carlo Collodi. Collodi was born in Firenze and wrote many books. His most famous book is The Adventures of Pinocchio, which he wrote in 1883.
Collodi: Pinocchio’s Home Village
Collodi is the setting that inspired his works. It is situated between Lucca and Pistoia. Who wouldn’t start writing here? With tears in my eyes I dived into Collodi village, as I realized the idea of having the invented child instead of the real one. The story of Pinocchio helps us conquer our fears and our desires and conflictions. Collodi’s Pinocchio Park and the Garzoni Garden will satisfy everybody’s desire for wonder.
Pinocchio Park in Collodi
As I came to Pinocchio’s home village of Collodi, the many Pinocchio faces smiled at me in front of the main square, which is just across the Garzoni Garden. I was already in a fairy tale when I saw the hilly picturesque surroundings and wandered around looking for Pinocchio Park. It was not obviously located. Finally I came across the park. It was there around the corner from the main square. The ticket to Pinocchio Park included also Garzoni Garden and the Garden Butterfly House. The single ticket to Pinocchio Park is of course available but why not take the advantage to see them all three?
Many school kids accompanied me as I entered Pinocchio Park. The the whole park is situated outdoors, but there’s a small museum with dolls and films near the entrance. Pinocchio is the star of the show, appearing in many forms throughout the park. Pinocchio on the horse, in the meadow, idle Pinocchio, Pinocchio in the story of mosaic and labyrinth, Pinocchio in chess, and saluting Pinocchio. The story of nature is the coulisse of the whole park, even within the river and adventure bridge. The Village of Pinocchio is anchored through the cave and message of insouciance, which is the message of freedom. The desire that burns to be realized is that freedom. The characters of the story live their life in this sweet park.
The most impressive part of the park is that Monstro. It is the shark on the small lake, and it is actually a stage. Did you know that Gepetto and the Pinocchio were swallowed by Monstro?
It was near the Easter, so group of children shared a big chocolate egg. Pinocchio Park is the imaginary world that can give wings to every child and adult.
What a lovely garden! Like the village itself, the garden is a cascade of art. The garden is accompanied by the restaurant. It offers a glance into the history of the Garzoni family, whose home (aptly named Villa Garzoni) sits above the village. The sculptures were elegantly posted around the gardens to show the history and importance of the family. A statue of the Garzoni couple looking at each other will amaze you. They stand like real sovereigns at the top of the stairs. Above them, a statue of a musician is playing with water in his airiness and the mosaics of the garden. The view of flowerbeds and fountain down reveals with every step a new fantasy. Hidden statues like the turc emphasize the importance.
In spring the flowers show their faces, from a collection of camelias to magnolias sticked in symbiosis with the lemon. Even the animals you will find here appear to be magic from behind the fence, the peacocks as well as the parrots. Giant bamboos add to the aura. This is truly one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy. When you go out in the line of the spiral plant the excitement is indescribable. Many cultural events and concerts take place in this garden.
Garden Butterfly House
The Butterfly House is a tropical garden, which contains thousands of butterflies that fly free. This will definitely enrich your experience in Collodi. As I said above, you can buy a bundled ticket that gets you into all three area attractions, but why not check out the Butterfly House?
Fairytale Road is a walking route between Pescia and Collodi. It is named after to the original art installation, which invokes the childhood times. While you’ll need only 1.5-2 hours to stroll down this path, it will feel like eternity in the magical hills.
Collodi Village is a Dream
Impressions differ, but one thing is for sure. Pinocchio’s home village of Collodi in Italy will take you into the dream kingdom, in which those dreams have the possibility of becoming reality. Just like the little wooden puppet became the real boy. Our prejudices towards the world or ourselves will stop here. Collodi village is a heritage that needs to be discovered, because it is aimed for the empire we all hide within.
Gabrijela is a Croatian, poet, dreamer, mountaineer. With the Law background she constantly urges for self development. Passionate about french language she loves exploring the world from the other point of view, specially about gardening. Read more of Gabrijela’s work on her blog and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.