Collodi is a village in Tuscany that has become famous thanks to The Adventures of Pinocchio, the most famous and printed non-religious book of all times. Its writer was Carlo Lorenzini, who chose the pen name of “Collodi”.
It is the sign of his relation with this small town; his mother was born and raised there, and Carlo spent there most of his childhood. This is proved by a plaque that Collodi’s best friend, the philologist Giuseppe Rigutini, placed on his mother’s house after the writer’s death.
We can try to imagine Carlo as a child, between 1830 and 1840, running through the steepy streets of the ancient village or throughout the wonderful Garzoni Garden, near the Villa where his grandfather and his mother had worked for the marchioness Marianna Garzoni Venturi.
These places have not changed much since then. Collodi Castello, the ancient quarter - behind Villa Garzoni – has kept its medieval aspect of fortified town that can be visited only on foot. The baroque style majestic Garzoni Garden is one of the most beautiful and better preserved in all Europe. Together with Pinocchio Park, they make this part of Tuscany fabulous.
Some modern addings (promoted and made by the Collodi Foundation on its own or in collaboration with local authorities and other cultural institutions) identify the place as Pinocchio’s town, respecting its history and typical aspect: the wall paintings dedicated to Pinocchio that resulted from the competition “Collodi, un paese dipinto” (Collodi, a decorated town) (2006), the Monument to Carlo Collodi, winner of the competition for Artistic Secondary High Schools organised by the Foundation for the Centenary of Collodi’s death (1990), and the nice and impressive highest wooden Pinocchio in the world ordered by the Foundation to expert carpenters from French-speaking Switzerland and set in a small garden for the travellers and the local inhabitants to rest, emphasise the spirit of the place.
Collodi is a hamlet of Pescia, an ancient town in Tuscany, whose territory is rich in natural, historical, and artistic beauties such as Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Vinci, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, Forte dei Marmi, Versilia, Abetone, and Pistoia Apennine.