Walking through the narrow streets of the village, you’ll be mesmerised by how well its history and architecture have been preserved. From the ancient stones that have paved the small streets for centuries between rows of houses, which in turn maintain their medieval appearance; to the remains of various fortified structures, including some of the city gates, Collodi will amaze you with its historical beauty. The castle, surrounded by vast walls and numerous towers, one of which has been transformed into a bell tower, is right at the end. At the top of the castle is the parish church of San Bartolomeo, from which there is a remarkable panoramic view of the area.
Today, Collodi’s activities are more concentrated around the tourist attractions of Villa Garzoni and its Italian Garden. It was in these very spectacular grounds, characterized by water playgrounds and triumphs, that Carlo Lorenzini's father worked as a gardener. He is now better known as Carlo Collodi, author of The Adventures of Pinocchio: the story of a puppet. The brilliant novel, which recounts the adventures of a “living puppet", has inspired hundreds of directors. One of the most beloved animated films of all time is the Walt Disney production Pinocchio.
The Cat and the Fox, the Fairy and the Whale are characters that animate the famous Pinocchio Park, creating a sort of "toy town" where the whole family can spend a day in nature and children can lose themselves in the story’s magic.
Collodi is also home to the colourful Butterfly House, a stone and crystal greenhouse with over a thousand species of butterflies from all over the world.