Experience Sicily's Fascinating Puppet Theatres
When you're taking a young family on holidays to Sicily, it usually isn't too long before you come across (typically, quite by accident) a very captivating aspect of the local culture: that of the "pupari". The art of puppeteering has actually been a popular regional folk culture since the 15th century, and I've found enchanting "opera deipupi" in the most unanticipated times and places in my journeys around the island.
Becoming their more modern-day kind around the 18th century, although described frequently as puppets, the Sicilian pupi are in fact marionettes-- which means they're managed by a series of strings rather than fitting over the hand. Carved from wood and adorned with cloth and metal armor and accessories from this site , the production of the marionettes is an art form in itself.