London, July 10: The fictional Pinocchio, written by Carlo Collodi 130 years ago, is a lot based on his real-life inspirations, a new research has revealed.
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, reports the Discovery News.
The village’s original name was actually “Pinocchio,” according to the research.
“The present name [of the village of San Miniato Basso] was given in 1924.” Vegni said.
“We know from historical records that the village was originally called ‘Pinocchio,’ probably after the stream that runs nearby.”
Collodi certainly knew the village. His father, a well-known chef, lived nearby for several years. In 1825, one year before Carlo’s birth, his father moved from the Pinocchio area to Florence to work for Marquis Lorenzo Ginori Lisci.
Vegni believes that Collodi not only visited San Miniato, but also met several people there and most likely used real people to inspire his characters.
“When Geppetto names his puppet, he says that he knew a whole family of Pinocchi: Pinocchio the father, Pinocchia the mother, and Pinocchi the children.”
“The inhabitants of San Miniato were called Pinocchi or Pinocchini,” Vegni wrote.
Intriguingly, the Fox and the Cat encountered by Pinocchio appear to have links with two features appearing on histroric maps: the Rio delle Volpi (Stream of Foxes) and two houses called “Rigatti” (the name evokes “gatti,” cats). (ANI)