The Pinocchio Park in Collodi is a dream come true for anyone who loved the classic children’s tale growing up. Opened in 1956, families will enjoy a splendid day out as they explore the gardens and the Pinocchio-themed installations found throughout the park. The park is located on the grounds of Villa Garzoni and narrates the story visually, immersing visitors in the plot. The book’s characters are recreated as works of art, like the Fairy with the Turquoise Hair by Emilio Greco and the Terrible Dog-Fish by Augusto Piccoli. Speaking of the monstrous Terrible Dog-Fish, the installation is emblematic of the park’s mission: children can climb inside and on top of the work, for a truly interactive experience.
Children can also play with Geppetto’s wooden toys, test their hand at Pinocchio’s Game of the Goose or enjoy a show at the Marionette Theatre. And of course, you can’t skip a meal at the Red Lobster Inn! But beware: if you see the Cat and the Fox, steer clear! They’re probably up to no good….
If you’re in Tuscany in May, be sure to head to Collodi for…. what else, Pinocchio’s birthday! The event is celebrated with a party in the park.