One corner of Piedmont is dedicated to Pinocchio and his most famous illustrator, Attilio Mussino (Turin, 1878-Cuneo, 1954): it’s Vernante, in the province of Cuneo.
The small Occitan town is where the great painter spent the last decade of his life. Today, the walls of the houses here are decorated with reproductions of the famous 1911 illustrations by “Pinocchio’s uncle”, as Mussino is lovingly nicknamed in the area.
The amazing murals are by two local artists – Bartolomeo Cavallera, known as Meo, and Bruno Carletto, known as Carlèt – who up-scaled approximately one hundred and sixty vignettes from the masterpiece by Carlo Lorenzini and Attilio Mussino.
Once upon a time there was a wooden puppet. And there still is: he lives in Vernante, with his uncle Attilio