The delightful tale of Pinocchio is an Italian children’s classic still much loved today. And not just in Italy, but the world round! But just in case you still don’t know the story of Pinocchio let me tell you…
Pinocchio was a little boy made by a lonely old wood carver, named Geppetto. That’s right, Geppetto made his own little boy! For you see, Pinocchio started out as a little wooden marionette.
But there must have been some magic in that little house where they lived. Because Pinocchio soon turned into a real live, but naughty little boy, well known for his long nose that grew whenever he told a lie. And since he kept lying, it kept on growing and growing.
But in case you don’t know the story, I don’t want to give too much away. I’ll just say that it’s an enchanting tale, where anything can and does happen!
And Pinocchio Park, dedicated to Pinocchio himself, is just as charming as Carlo Collodi’s tale!
This place seems magical too, what with Pinocchio’s friends (and enemies) like the fox and the cat, the green fisherman, and the 4 rabbits! And best of all, every year on May 26, they celebrate Pinocchio’s birthday! This year he’s turning 140!
But in keeping with Italy’s slow life atmosphere, this delightful park is not your typical amusement park with special effects or high-tech attractions. It’s an old-fashioned place, like stepping back in time. Back to a time when kids allowed their imagination free reign, and grew in the process.
Walk into the giant shark!
You can even walk right into the giant shark, just beware of those teeth! And watch out because, just like the whale in the Disney version, he blows his top from time to time! Climb to the top, inside the whale’s belly, and get a bird’s eye view of the whole park!
Pinocchio Park is an especially fun place for kids, because they have special workshops, carousels, a giant chess game, and a castle made of ropes.
And it makes a great addition to your itinerary, because let’s face it, most little kids don’t enjoy art museums. But everyone, old and young, will enjoy this nostalgic journey through Pinocchio land. And perhaps even taking a break at the picnic area or in one of the cafes or restaurants!
Visit Pinocchio Park, where you can step right into a whale’s belly!
Hours vary according to season.
13 euros for adults.
8 euros for childen.
Free under age 3.
Buy tickets online.
How to get there:
Just go to the town of Pescia near Collodi, in Tuscany. And be sure to catch the annual Pinocchio Festival on May 31, and help Pinocchio celebrate his birthday!
But before you go, take a virtual tour of Pinocchio Park with the following video (in Italian). Or even take a look at the park map by clicking here!