Eligio and the Days of the Wheel

Love in its many forms – brotherly, passionate, sacred, universal.

Events take place over a period of about 100 years, around the establishment of the Hospice of Mercy, a historic building in Venice which, in the XVIII century, gave shelter to orphans and children who were abandoned in the ‘wheel’ or revolving door. Here, little Rosapineta gets to know and falls in love with Eligio, who was left by his mother shortly after his birth.

  • A chorale story in keeping with a literary tradition which boasts, amongst its most outstanding representatives, “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens.

  • A historical reconstruction of Venice through the memories and feelings of the characters.

  • Italian Andersen 2009
GENRE Coming of Age
FIRST PUBLISHER Giunti (Italy), 2008


Guido is one of the most famous Italian children’s book writers. He writes for newspapers, cinema and television. Author of over one hundred books, his stories have been translated into many languages and have won all the major literary prizes dedicated to writing for children, such as the Italian Andersen in 2009, 2015 and 2018, and the Strega Children’s Prize in 2019.