Syracuse Puppet Theatre

Local nameTeatro Dei Pupi
LocationSicily, Italy

The Opera dei Pupi is a marionette theatrical representation of Frankish romantic poems such as The Song of Roland or Orlando furioso that is one of the characteristic cultural traditions of Sicily. The sides of donkey carts are decorated with intricate, painted scenes; these same tales are enacted in traditional puppet theaters featuring hand-made marionettes of wood.

The opera of the puppets and the Sicilian tradition of cantastorîas are rooted in the Provençal troubadour tradition in Sicily during the reign of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, in the first half of the 13th century. A great place to see this marionette art is the puppet theatres of Palermo, Sicily.

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More information and contact


Official website


Phone +39 0931465540

Address Via Della Guidecca 17/19, 96100 Syracuse, Italy

Coordinates 37°3'38.417" N 15°17'46.629" E

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