New research reveals the real-life inspirations behind the fictional Pinocchio.
- Historic map research offers a look at the real places behind Pinocchio's fictional home.
- Several real places that the author may have visited in Florence are connected to the book.
- The Fox and the Cat in the Pinocchio story may be linked with real places on historic maps.
The tale of the wooden puppet Pinocchio created by a carpenter in Florence may arguably be the most widely-known children's tale.
Now new research reveals that the story, written by Carlo Collodi 130 years ago on July 7, 1881, has deep roots in reality.
According to Alessandro Vegni, a computer expert, who has been comparing the tale with historic maps, the story of Pinocchio is set in the Tuscan village of San Miniato Basso, which lies midway between Pisa and Florence. The village's original name was actually "Pinocchio," according to the research.
The tale of Geppetto and his pine wood puppet, serialized in an Italian juvenile magazine under the title La Storia di un Burattino (The Story of a Marionette) in 1881, was turned into a book two years later called, "The Adventures of Pinocchio."