The Pinocchio festival will be held in La Villa on 12th September. Lots of fun for all ages.
Today it rained in Bagni di Lucca, which was disappointing for the Pinocchio festival. Despite the rain Pinocchio arrived on time in his red car.
A band followed.
School children and their families and entertainers came next.
The damp group arrived at the piazza in front of Circolo Forestieri.
The new mayor opened the festivities.
The children looked wonderful and each had a part to play.
I’m not sure who the bearded one was.
I think this is Geppetto at work on his wooden boy.
There was a band…
There were lots of stalls and things to see and do, but the weather kept people away while I was there. I hope the clouds cleared later.
This is a great event. Congratulations to everyone involved in putting it together again this year.
PS. The weather did improve later and Valerio Ceccarelli took these great photos. (See more on his Facebook page)
The festival Paese de Balocchi (I call it the Pinocchio festival) was a great success. The weather was perfect and people came out in droves to enjoy the entertainment on offer.
The umbrella installation in Via Umberto provided an extra level of colour.
The many stalls offered lots of things to buy.
The old fashioned games kept the children, and parents, busy.
There was a wonderful girl band making their way up and down the street, led by the marvellous Roberto Lucchesi.
A dinosaur, with rider, was a big hit.
Face painting is always popular.
There was a jumping castle, people in costume, balloons and more.
Well done to the organisers. The festival gets better each year.
The Pinocchio festival returned to Bagni di Lucca on the weekend.
Thank you to Rosi for the photos above, I missed the start.
The band played and some young spectators were keen to try their dance steps.
There were stalls selling all kinds of things and the stall owners got into the spirit of things by dressing up.
It was fun to see some wool preparation, old equipment and some serious knitting and crochet.
…and some wood sawing.
There were stilt walkers and magicians to entertain the crowds.
…a slide for the children.
Best of all are the children playing old fashioned games with their parents watching close by.
This little girl looks very pretty with her painted face.
This is is one cool dude.
I like the mode of transport.
Even Pinocchio needs a rest.
This festival is excellent. I have been to a couple now and it is a fun weekend in La Villa…long may it continue.
I guess you all know that The Adventures of Pinocchio was inspired by Carlo Lorenzini‘s time in Collodi, which is a short drive from Bagni di Lucca. It is where his mother was born and he spent some happy childhood years there. The book is written under the pseudonym Carlo Collodi, echoing his love for the village.
Collodi decided to make the most of the connection, and in 1956 Pinocchio Park opened to welcome visitors to the world of Pinocchio. I visited on a quiet autumn day and had the park almost to myself…come for a walk with me.
Collodi is a pretty village ( the old bit ) and needs to be discovered another day.
A giant Ponocchio welcomes you to Collodi.
At the entrance is a lovely sculpture of Ponicchio with Geppetto.
Before you enter the park there is a museum with Pinocchio related artefacts.
…and a collection of Pinocchio books from different decades and countries.
The park has seen better days and could do with a bit of a makeover, but it still has a certain charm.
I particularly liked the tiny houses filled with puppets and Pinocchio characters.
The walking path winds through the park and there is a delightful character at every turn.
Special mention goes to the fox and the cat.
The cat is packing a gun…and a bottle of coke.
There is a fairly impressive pirate ship, which must be full of children in busy times.
The whale is even more impressive.
On the way out the gift shop has a little workshop like Geppetto’s.
Pinocchio Park has had some less than kind reviews on various sites, but I followed a little boy around the paths and he was excitedly explaining to his mother each of the characters he came upon. He knew them all and had a tale to tell about each one (with special voices and much arm waving) .
If you go, read the book beforehand and take a child who has read the book. It will be fun.
A single adult ticket costs €11, but for €15 the ticket includes the nearby Giardino Garzoni, which will be the subject of another post.
La Villa came alive over the weekend with people gathering to have fun at the Pinocchio festival. Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio’s creator took his name from Collodi, the birthplace of his mother. The village is not far from Bagni di Lucca and the character is very popular in the area.
Morena sent me some photos of the celebrations.
Morena and Mariangela did a great job with the children, helping them with their beautiful paintings.
I was lucky to be in the village last year for the celebrations. Click here to see the fun.
Thank you Morena for sharing the weekend with us.