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The Real Story of Pinocchio Tells No Lies | Travel | Smithsonian Magazine

Forget what you know from the cartoon. The 19th-century story, now in a new translation, was a rallying cry for universal education and Italian nationhood

By Perri Klass, Photographs by Simona Ghizzoni

“Once upon a time, there was a piece of wood.” An Italian tradition, epitomized by the fictional Geppetto, continues at Bartolucci’s shop in Florence.
Simona Ghizzoni

The town of Collodi, Italy, about 45 miles west of Florence, is set on a slope behind a fabulous 17th-century villa. The garden, built as a kind of fantasy pleasure park for the Garzoni family and their noble guests, offers terraces, flower beds, grand staircases, splashing fountains and antique marble statues surrounding the Baroque villa.

Walk through the tunnel under the villa and follow the path up the hill, and the stone houses of Collodi speak to a very different reality.

Ascending its precipitously steep cobblestone main street, you come to a small piazza with communal sinks for laundry. The town is older than the villa and was probably originally built on the hilltop for purposes of strategic defense. It is where the working-class people lived, the ones who tended the nobility’s villa and gardens. It’s hard to know what these laborers were thinking as they trudged back up the hill after a long day of working at the villa. It is probably fair to say they were tired.

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After 35 Years of Recovery Efforts, Bald Eagles Are No Longer Considered Endangered in Vermont | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

The state first listed the raptors as endangered in 1987

By Margaret Osborne, Contributor. February 16, 2022

Threats like hunting, habitat loss and the pesticide DDT contributed to the bald eagle’s decline. Todd Ryburn Photography via Getty Images

Bald eagles have been removed from Vermont’s list of threatened and endangered species after years of restoration work in the state, per the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

“The bald eagle’s de-listing is a milestone for Vermont,” says Wildlife Division Director Mark Scott in a statement. “This reflects more than a decade of dedicated work by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and partners.

It shows that Vermonters have the capacity to restore and protect the species and habitats that we cherish.”

Source: After 35 Years of Recovery Efforts, Bald Eagles Are No Longer Considered Endangered in Vermont | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine