Rocking horses have ancestral origins. Other than the typical rocking horse with rockers, they could have also been provided with wheels to be dragged or driven like a tricycle.
They were originally made of wood, the horse evolves including different materials like fabrics, straw, resin, metal and papier-mache.
After the wars, new models adding, pedal, crank or galloper system to the buggy.
First carriages dated back up to Baroque period, very few copies were produced and even fewer are still intact today.
In XVIII century, they become more and more common within upper-class families and, in XIX century, also affordable to middle-class families. Carriages for children were usually dragged by dogs, goats or ponies around parks and mansions’ garden.
In the preface of Johan Huizinga’s book “Homo Ludens”, the dutch historian supported the original thesis that “civilization arises and unfolds in and as playing”.
— Johan Huizinga
“It is not my object to define the place of play among all the other manifestations of culture, but rather to ascertain how far culture itself bears the character of play”
It is appropriate to use the term Homo Ludens along with Homo Sapiens and Homo Faber.
This short introduction gives the visitor guidelines to understand Adriano Guidi and his astonishing collection.
Adriano’s collection entertains the guests by showing how men and kids had driven toy cars during a vast time gap and how the vehicles were designed to extend legs and feet, evoking in them the image of people playing while moving, moving while playing.
Movement is the collection’s theme. The common denominator for thousands of wonderful objects dwelling here in the museum. This very fundamental need of movement for humanity can be sensed from children’s toys, declined in many forms.
From litter to tricycles, carousels, carriages and prams… and all the cars, a series of magnificent full-scale models well-preserved and functioning. Feel the simplicity and the complexity and appreciate the shining colours.
The museum keeps the rich world of crafters, their techniques, knowledge and wisdom and the world of whom enjoyed and drove those objects.
Come and see a dreamy world in motion.
Didactic activities allow the public to experiment with the physical location as a space to live, other than visiting.
The museum offers a list of services for an educational purposes: guided tours for single visitor, family groups or school classes, as well as laboratories dedicated to children and teenagers.
Staff members are available on request for a guided tour to deepen the evolution and the history of the toys. Giocars will be involved in organising special initiatives and workshops. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about them.