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! Continue reading Pinocchio Park [Video]
I like odd holidays. Like Tooth Fairy Day on February 28th! Although here in Italy, we’d have to call it Tooth Topolino Day, in honor of Italy’s very own tooth mouse!
No one seems to know the origin of this holiday or even why it started. But I think probably it all began in Spain, with Pérez Mouse, who worked for the king. Back when the king sold all his baby teeth to Pérez. Continue reading The Italian Tooth Mouse
Azzurrina: In honor of Tale a Fairy Tale Day, February 26! Based on the legend of “The Little Blue One,” who comes to life every 5 years during the summer solstice. There in her ancient castle near Rimini.
“Mamma, why can’t I go out to play?” little Azzurrina pleaded, just as she did every day. “We’ve been through this before,” replied the busy mother, “Please stop asking. You know it’s for your own good.” Continue reading Azzurrina: an Italian Fairy Tale
Happy Donald Duck Day from Italy! Yes, I know what you’re thinking — another one of those weird holidays! Sorry, they just seem to get the best of me! But Donald Duck Day actually commemorates something! His début on 9 June 1934 in The Wise Little Hen! Continue reading Donald Duck Day in Italy