Pinocchio In Brixen-Bressanone, Italy
South of the main crest of the Central Alps sits the picturesque town of Brixen-Bressanone, and a children's shop named Pinocchio. When you open the front door, you may meet one of two shop owners, and she bears the the name of Sibylle. Sibylle's name stems from a goddess, and her long dark hair, accompanied by her soft voice, is a compliment to her name and its myth. My best friend and I had the privilege of meeting Sibylle while shopping for baby gifts.
The front display window of the children's shop, Pinocchio, was dressed with a ruffled awning and had splashes of clothing color behind glass.
When we entered the shop we were met with a young girl's dress and the shop owner, Sibylle. The dress was patterned in a style indicative of the Alto Adige/Sudtirol (South Tyrol) region.
According to local history (or the front desk clerk at my hotel, and other credible sources), Brixen-Bressanone is Italy's oldest town in the autonomous province of South Tyrol. The town was ruled by the Hapsburgs for 300 years as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1919 the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye ended the rule of the empire and ceded South Tyrol to Italy. The hyphenated name of the town reflects its history -- Brixen is German, and Bressanone, Italian.
Edelweiss flowers were littered throughout the shop as accents on children's clothing. I half-expected Maria and the von Trapp children to come dancing through the door singing, "My Favorite Things" and "Do-Re-Mi."
Sibylle laid out several articles of clothing for us to view and translated the different languages found on the clothing tags.
I purchased a red and white pair of knitted Alpen Socks for an expectant friend.
I also purchased a handcrafted pair of booties with adorning Edelweiss. They were made by an Italian family. Sibylle demonstrated how the booties adjust for a growing child by loosening the red laces.
After we selected our gifts, Sibylle carefully wrapped them in a pastel lime paper and added a curly ribbon.
While she wrapped, I photographed clothing found throughout the shop. I was delighted by the tiny details which accented the clothing.
We spotted a Portland, Oregon hat which sat high upon a shelf and exclaimed, "We visit the Italian Alps and discover a hat from Portland!" Sibylle held it for me as I photographed it.
We had spent at least an hour with Sibylle in her shop called Pinocchio before we left. And as we walked out the door, my friend turned to me and said, "She is like us. If we lived in Brixen, I believe she would have been a good friend."
I couldn't agree more.
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Note: I have not received compensation for this review. I was motivated to share my experience as I felt I had made a connection with Sibylle.