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Visit Pinocchio Park, in Tuscany

Who doesn't know one of the most famous fables in the world? One of the most famous Italian characters, Pinocchio has a whole park dedicated to him in Tuscany, more precisely in Collodi. Shall we visit it?

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Visit Pinocchio Park, in Tuscany

“If you lie, your nose grows just like Pinocchio’s!” – who never heard that? Hahaha… Pinocchio is a character who was born in 1883 in the novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, written by Carlo Collodi. Famous throughout the world, he has undergone several adaptations and is one of the most interesting characters in children’s literature. In Tuscany, there is a whole park dedicated to him and his magical world. Today we will visit Pinocchio Park in Collodi, Tuscany.Stay with us and make the most of boot country! Here at Italy’s Dream Tourism you can make the trip of your dreams come true!! Also check out our Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your Vacations Section!

Learn a little about the story of Pinocchio

Pinocchio, The Talking Cricket, Blue Fairy and all the characters from “The Adventures of Pinocchio” have enchanted many generations! Fruits of the (brilliant) imagination of the Florentine writer Carlo Lorenzini (also called Carlo Collodi, due to the name of his mother’s country of origin), the fable is famous all over the world and has undergone several adaptations. And it is in Collodi, a small town a few kilometers from Pistoia, that you can visit the Pinocchio Park (click here to find out more).

Get to know a little now about Pinocchio Park

Totally outdoors, the park is delightful and easily pleases adults and children. Surrounded by well-kept vegetation, as we walk there, we find the main characters of this fantastic story, such as Pinocchio, the Fairy, the Cat, the Fox, and many other characters. Shall we find out more?

Pinocchio Park is an incredible place with a vintage atmosphere, all designed in nature. Do not expect to find attractions with state-of-the-art technology, modern and full of lights and sounds; this is not the focus of the attractions. Here you will find, among large bronze sculptures and various works by artists who have worked for the park since 1956, gardens, nature, fresh air and moments of peace and tranquility. Also read our Special Posts for traveling with children: Tourism in Italy with children; Traveling with children in Italy;Children’s Theme Parks: where to go with children? and Florence with children!

1) Visit the Pinocchio Park, in Tuscany: DISCOVER THE AREA OF THE GREAT SHARK AND THE IVY LABYRINTH

One of the corners that most draws our attention, undoubtedly, is the area dedicated to the great shark – it is worth remembering that, during the various adaptations of Collodi’s book, the shark became a whale, which in history ends up swallowing Gepeto and then Pinocchio himself. With a beautiful view of the pool, the huge masonry sculpture spouts large jets of water at regular intervals.

The great thing about this sculpture is that you can enter it and quickly see yourself inside the belly of the big animal. After climbing some very narrow stairs, you are ‘rewarded’ with the beautiful view of the entire garden in the park. Be sure to pass through the ivy labyrinth, where children and adults have fun and race against time to find out who finds the exit first! It is pretty fun! In the park, there are, of course, the classic horseback riding, workshops, and a puppet show that, of course, tells the story of the most famous Italian children’s character in the world!

2) Visit the Pinocchio Park, in Tuscany: DISCOVER THE CABLE CAR AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS

The park also offers a cable car, a rope castle, a giant chessboard – which quickly becomes the passion of visitors – and other games scattered around the gardens.


How to get to Pinocchio Park?


1) How to get to Pinocchio Park? BY BUS

Use Autolinee Lazzi – BluBus from Florence to Montecatini Terme and Pescia, then use the urban circulars from Pescia to Collodi (www.blubus.it). Another option is to use the Autolinee Vai Bus from Pescia to Lucca Ponte: get off at the Ponte all’Abate stop (Km1 de Collodi) (www.vaibus.it); from Lucca to Pescia, use the Autolinee Go Bus and get off at the Ponte all’Abate stop (Km 1 of Collodi) (www.vaibus.it)

2) How to get to Pinocchio Park? BY TRAIN

From Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples, take the train from Florence Prato Pistoia Montecatini Terme to Pescia; from Genoa Viareggio Livorno, take the Viareggio -> Lucca -> Pescia line (for more details and other routes, visit the official Trenitalia website: www.trenitalia.com).

Also, find out “What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Would you like to save? So buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?“.

3) How to get to Pinocchio Park? BY CAR

From the A1 (Milan-Bologna-Rome-Naples) Florence North highway, take the A11 highway towards Pisa Nord; then take the Chiesina Uzzanese exit, go to Pescia Km5 and go to Collodi km4. From the A12 highway (Genoa-Versilia-Livorno-Rosignano), go to Viareggio and use the Viareggio-Lucca connecting road; then take the A11 (Lucca-Florence) and take the Chiesina Uzzanesa exit towards Pescia; exit at km5 and head towards Collodi km4.

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Conclusion

Discover Pinocchio Park in Tuscany?  Traveling with children is not as difficult as it seems! You just need to include attractions in your itinerary to entertain the little ones and make strategic stops, after all, they get tired and get bored faster than we adults! Organization, planning, and patience are the keys to traveling with children in a peaceful and interesting way!

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