This sleepy town was once the home of Italian artist, Attilio Mussino, the illustrator for Carlo Collidi’s 1911 children’s classic The Adventures of Pinocchio. In Italy, the story of Pinocchio is still very much associated with Mussino’s illustrations rather than those of Disney.
After the artist’s death in 1954 his widow donated his works to the town of Vernante. Two local painters, Bruno Carlet and Meo Cavallera, decided to reproduce the illustrations as murals painted on exterior walls throughout Vernante. Today over 150 murals tell the story of the world’s most famous puppet turned boy, Pinocchio.