"Now, remember, Pinocchio: be a good boy. And always let your conscience be your guide."
~ The Blue Fairy, The Adventures of Pinocchio
"The Adventures of Pinocchio," is Carlo Collodi's story of the wooden marionette that transforms into a young boy. Carlo Collodi was the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini who was born in Florence, Tuscany. The story of Pinocchio was originally published weekly in the first Italian newspaper for children. The book was first published in 1883. In the original version of the story, Pinocchio was carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village. The similarities between the original version and the Americanized version of Pinocchio are few.
There is a tremendous difference in the Pinocchio of Disney fame and the original Pinocchio of Italian origin. The Disney version of Pinocchio has the young boy as naïve with a tendency to make poor choices, but he is sweet, he loves his father Gepetto and he wants to be a good boy. The original character of Pinocchio is mean-spirited and spiteful. He is an extremely unlikeable character. As a result, Italian children are usually glad when Pinocchio is punished or is in danger. In Italy, the story of Pinocchio is usually not read to very young children. The Italian verson of Pinocchio is so frightening that he is the stuff of nightmares!
One of the favorite trinkets that is purchased by our guests during their workshop in Tuscany or a tour of Tuscany is a wooden replica of Pinocchio. The legend lives on. We invite you to join us in Tuscany to pick up a Pinocchio of your own!