Today is the birthday of Carlo Collodi, the author of “The Adventures of Pinocchio”. Collodi was born in Florence in 1826, and spent much of his childhood in the village of Collodi which is near Lucca. The village provided him with his pen name and perhaps inspiration for the character of Pinocchio. Collodi died in 1890, well before the 1940 Disney film made Pinocchio famous world-wide. On a trip to Rome, we stopped to admire Pinocchios on sale at a souvenir store near the Trevi Fountain, and these two Pinocchios enjoying a pizza for lunch.