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 perhaps not everyone knows the story of Pinocchio…
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 he turned into a real live boy!
Who became a naughty little boy known for his long nose. Because every time he told a lie his nose grew. And since he kept on lying, it kept on growing and growing.
But I don’t want to give the story away, in case you don’t know it! I’ll just say that it’s an enchanting tale, where anything can and does happen!
And Pinocchio Park (near Pistoia) dedicated to Pinocchio himself, is just as charming!
This place is just as magical as the fairy tale, 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 at the end of May, they celebrate Pinocchio’s birthday! This year he’s turning 134!
Though delightful, this is not your typical amusement park at all. It’s an old-fashioned place allowing your imagination free reign! Instead of special effects, or high-tech attractions, you’ll be accompanied around the park by Pinocchio and all his friends. And feel as though you’re traveling through the fairy tale in person!
And you can even walk right into the giant shark!
Just beware of those teeth, and because (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 you’ll 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.
A great place to add to your itinerary, because let’s face it, most little kids don’t enjoy art museums. But everyone, big or small, will enjoy this nostalgic journey through Pinocchio land, while also taking a break at one of the restaurants, bars, or cafes. Or even having a fun family picnic in the park’s picnic area!
Hours vary according to season.
13 euros for adults.
8 euros for childen.
Free under age 3.
Buy tickets online.
Buy don’t just read about the park! Visit it!
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!
Visit Pinocchio Park. It’s the only place I know of where you can step right into a whale’s belly!