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Teatro dei Pupi Siciliani - Famiglia Argento
Ranked #67 of 339 things to do in Palermo
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Owner description: Teatro Argento is a traditional Sicilian Puppet Theatre founded in 1893 and still run by the same Family. Its a great little attraction and a worthwhile place to visit .
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is a family run puppet theater. Before the show starts the puppet master explains the history of the shows, the story and the making of the puppets.They need to have (10 ?) I think, people in attendance before they put on a show. We were at the Cathedral directly across the street and stumbled upon a small street sign directing us to the theater. I'm not sure why it doesn't come up in an internet search, maybe we were looking in the wrong places? The theater is on via Pietro Novelli about 30 feet in. The doors were closed but a sign said they opened for shows around 5 (6?). There had to be close to twenty people, about five were kids, by the time the show started. If you haven't seen a show like this, you should. I didn't understand a thing they said but we got the idea. Just watching the puppets stomp their feet and hearing the voices, you soon forget that they are inanimate objects. Each face is carved perfectly with expressions that match their personalities. The show lasts a little more than an hour with quite a bit of fighting, dragons and swordplay. The show has a bit of humor added to it and all the kids (and adults) laughed quite a bit. Yes, one head goes flying but it's not a terrible thing at all.There is more violence in one minute of a kids video game. Besides, they are telling a story. The puppet master is very kind, he came out at the end of the show and let the kids, and me, handle the puppets. They are very heavy! They are made to move with long metal bars. Something like this is very hard to find, see it while you can. This is one of the best of it's kind, anywhere!

Visited July 2013
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