Fratelli Napoli Sicilian Puppet Theater

Exciting adventures, sword fights, unrequited love â?? the Sicilian Opera dei Pupi tradition has it all!


Teatro dei Pupi Fratelli Napoli
Vecchia Dogana, Via Beato Cardinale G. B. Dusmet 2 - 95121 Catania

The fascinating world of chivalry in the Sicilian puppets performances by Fratelli Napoli since 1921. Shows and workshops carried out by the Fratelli Napoli. Both museum and the educational theater "living puppets" present the creative process from the creation of the puppet to drama.

Opening dats and times:

  • Saturday June 29, 11am: Morte di Agricane (show & museum)
  • Sunday June 30, 7pm: Storia di Orlando, Morte di Orlando a Roncisvalle

Reservations must be made at least 1 business day ahead for single visitors, at least 7 days for groups.

Cancellation policy: it is possible to cancel up to 3 days before the visit in order to be refunded the cost of tickets minus service fee. Further cancellations and no shows are no refundable.

Fratelli Napoli Sicilian Puppet Theater

The Vecchia Dogana, the ancient customs building in the port of Catania, is today a multifunctional center offering a range of commercial and cultural variety – such as the Puppet Theater of Fratelli Napoli. The Fratelli Napoli have been dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the disappearing art of the Opera dei Pupi since 1921.

The "pupi" are icons of Sicilian folk tradition. Declared part of the "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by the UNESCO in 2001, the Opera dei Pupi tradition has two major branches – the Palermo tradition, and the Catania tradition. The marionette company of Fratelli Napoli has adapted the Catanese tradition of the Opera to the taste of the contemporary audience. The company's preservation efforts and performance excellence have earned them the 1978 “Praemium Erasmianum,” a prize awarded by the Dutch royal family.

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