The Collodi Foundation was established by the Committee for a Monument to Pinocchio, chaired by Professor Rolando Anzilotti, who designed the original portion of Pinocchio Park: Pinocchio and the Fairy by Emilio Greco and the Mosaic Piazza by Venturino Venturi, set within a landscaped area designed by Renato Baldi and Lionello De Luigi.
The Committee also launched other cultural initiatives, later inherited and continued by the Collodi Foundation: the collection of Collodi editions [link to the BC page], the study of the life and works of Carlo Lorenzini/Collodi, book writing and illustration contests for children, and school contests.
The decision to continue working in the field of culture and cultural tourism, coupled with the success of Pinocchio Park – pursued by the Foundation with commitment and professionalism and confirmed by the visitors – led to the establishment, in 1962, of the National Carlo Collodi Foundation, recognised by Presidential Decree no. 1313 of 18 July 1962.
In the 1990s, the Collodi Foundation confirmed the accomplishment of all the statutory objectives it had set itself; in brief:
– to promote the works of Carlo Collodi around the world, particularly The Adventures of Pinocchio;
– to build a Library Museum to adequately house the collection of Italian and foreign editions of Collodi’s works, essays and critical studies on the subject, and the writers’ memorabilia and memoires, to highlight his role in Italian and world literature;
– to organise regular cultural events, awards, conventions, congresses, conferences and exhibitions;
– to promote and encourage publications aimed at promoting Collodi’s work
– to issue awards for competitions or scholarships;
– to stimulate and encourage writers to write for children;
– to promote the rise of a research centre on children’s literature in Collodi;
– to preserve the Pinocchio Monumental Park and maintain, improve, expand and promote it.
For this reason, it initiated a discussion that concluded with a revision of the Statutes, with the addition of new objectives to the original ones and expanding and consolidating the role of the Collodi Foundation as an operator in culture, cultural tourism and education at national and international level.