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Rent a Villa in Tuscany - Pinocchio' s Tree

Pinocchio_s_treeAlmost everybody knows that Pinocchio' s creator was Carlo Collodi, who gave his name to the little town on a hill between A Montecarlo and Pescia.

Not everyone knows the true story of Pinocchio, since most of us have been conditioned to believe what Walt Disney's animators taught us.

If you go to Collodi, which is on the road to Pescia, I recommend you pick up the bilingual version of the story, published in 2007.

You don't have to be a child to enjoy this, but a little bit of childishness might help.

About halfway through the story, Pinocchio was still foolish enough to think that gold would grow in the ground. When Fox and Cat fooled him, running away with the gold coins given him by Mangiafoco, Pinocchio tried to catch the thieves, but then they tried to burn him up.

Pinocchio escaped into the forest where he met a beautiful white- faced woman in a white house, who told him that she too was dead. When Fox and Cat caught up with him again, they hung him from a wide old oak tree.

He fell down dead but was saved by the beautiful white-faced woman, who was a Fairy and had been living there for a thousand years. This is only one of Pinocchio's many adventures, told by Collodi in the popular style of his time, somewhere between a picaresque novel (with the ingenuous hero facing one misadventure after another) and a bildungs- roman (in which the hero learns and grows through his life experiences).

Many people around Montecarlo know about that tree, but not everyone can find it. No one I know has ever met the Fairy. Finding the tree is an adventure in itself, so I won't tell you exactly how to get there. Just a hint: take the via Pesciatina towards Montecarlo and turn off to the left before you reach the top of the hill. If you meet someone who will guide you, great! But don't relent too soon. You can also go into Montecarlo and ask the new tourist office in the square for help

 

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