PALERMO WALKING TOUR
A PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF PALERMO WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE PERFORMANCE OF THE OPERA DEI PUPI
With your guide you will start your walking tour of Palermo focused on the “Opera dei Pupi”, one of the cultural traditions of Sicily where the marionettes are used to enact legendary tales of knights, pirates, and saints.
Meet your guide at your Hotel and enjoy a classic Walking Tour of Palermo combined with the experience of the Opera dei Pupi (Opera of the Puppets; Sicilian: Òpira rî pupi), a marionette theatrical representation.
It is a type of puppet show in which marionettes are used to enact legendary tales of knights, pirates, and saints. This type of puppet show – or “Opera dei Pupi” – was even added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008.
This tradition in Sicily became popular in the early 19th century, and these marionette shows were traveling stages in Sicily that were built into donkey carts. And the marionettes themselves were all hand carved out of wood. Today, there are still a few places you can see the Opera dei Pupi in Sicily, as in Palermo where you can visit the International Marionette Museum and you’ll have a chance to see a brief puppet show (only in Italian and Sicilian dialect but same awesome!).