Puppet Traditions and Museums
There were puppeteers in ancient Syracuse, but the opera dei pupi as we know it today really became popular in the 1800s. Puppet theatres provided nightly entertainment for thousands of Sicilians – Palermo had more than 25 theatres where full houses would watch the good guys fight the bad guys in stories of adventure and romance, chivalry and treachery. Travelling puppet theatres drew huge crowds in smaller villages.
Puppets of the Catania tradition are almost 1.5 m (5 ft) ...