The old town centre of Vernante has over 150 frescoes linked to Pinocchio, and especially to the Pinocchio drawn by Attilio Mussino for the first colour illustrated edition of the work by Carlo Collodi. Most of the frescoes were done by Bruno Carletto and Bartolomeo Cavallera two artisans who with their brushes and their colours, decided to revive Attilio Mussino’s Pinocchio 35 years after the illustrator’s passing, in 1989.
The first realization had about 50 murals, but over the decades these became more than 150. The work was done for free by the two artists, while the municipality of Vernante procured the colours. Carlet and Meo unknowingly managed to create a tourist attraction: they have led people to walking around the town with upturned noses, like a treasure hunt, discovering that there are often hidden glimpses of Vernante in the depths of the illustrated scenes, and, at the same time, rediscovering the most characteristic corners of the town.