Palermo, Italy

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Delight in Sicily’s most playful art form with this private puppetry tour through Palermo. Trace the history of Sicilian ‘Opera dei Pupi’ farcical theater, in which elaborately crafted figurines depict scenes from classic tales and allegories. See marionettes and scenery designed by international artists at a puppet museum, and watch puppets in action with a lively performance at a traditional workshop.
  • Private, 3-hour puppetry tour in Palermo
  • Discover the history behind ‘Opera dei Pupi,' a cherished Sicilian art form
  • See more than 3,000 puppetry pieces from around the world at a museum
  • Admire stucco scenery designed by Giacomo Serpotta at the Oratory of San Lorenzo
  • Take part in a live marionette performance at a traditional workshop
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and meet your private guide in central Palermo. Begin with a visit to the International Museum of Marionettes Antonio Pasqualino, featuring more than 3,000 pieces of puppetry from the acclaimed Italian designer and cultures around the world. Learn about the history of the art form in Sicily, from vastate dialectical theater to the celebrated Opera dei Pupi tradition, honored on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Continue on to the Oratory of San Lorenzo, known for its altarpieces designed by Giacomo Serpotta. This famed 18th-century Sicilian sculptor was also a central figure in the early puppetry, crafting elaborate teatrini stucco decorations and putti allegorical figurines.

Finish your journey at the traditional puppetry workshop of Mimmo Cuticchio on the Via Bara all’Olivella, where you can assist in the production of a live marionette show. See finely crafted figurines seemingly come to life against styled scenery as you take part in a centuries-old Sicilian tradition.
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