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Teatro dell'Opera dei Pupi

Via Bara All'Olivella 95, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 323400
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Unexpected enjoyment

We came upon this theater by chance and were impressed by the craftsmanship and ability of the... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2017
New York City, New York
Traditional puppet show

This puppet show is a must. Spoken in Italian but language no barrier to understanding. Fabulous... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Christine D
Melbourne, Australia
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  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“puppet show” (2 reviews)
“great fun” (2 reviews)
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Via Bara All'Olivella 95, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 323400
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

We came upon this theater by chance and were impressed by the craftsmanship and ability of the puppeteers. Each character had its own personality and the story was well portrayed. The show is good for all ages; not just chldren.

1  Thank nycresident92
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This puppet show is a must. Spoken in Italian but language no barrier to understanding. Fabulous marionettes with dragons, goodies and baddies galore in wonderful traditional costumes with highly skilled puppeteers. The performance is enhanced by a manually operated music box !! which adds to...More

2  Thank Christine D
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Look. If you want a magical experience, surrounded by Italian families laughing until (in some cases) they cry, with kids having a wonderful time, watching an expression of artistry which is just in a league of its own and puppetry which involves swords being drawn,...More

1  Thank lawdylawdy
Reviewed 17 September 2016

I've noticed that most people are reviewing the theatre and the experience, but very little about the actual content. That's like reviewing a cinema without mentioning the film, so I'm going to give my interpretation of the puppet-based play, drawn from a lifetime of watching...More

1  Thank Bryan H
Reviewed 26 August 2016

The puppet theatre is tucked in a side road opposite the Cathedral and is easy to miss. Inside a small room is a tiny puppet theatre run by the same family since its inception early in the 20th C. The commentary and the introduction was...More

1  Thank Julie B
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Meeting some of the people behind the scenes before the show was was a treat because the owners are so enthusiastic. The show itself was great fun! It didn't matter if you could not speak Italian because it was usually clear what was happening on...More

1  Thank Misty D
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Adults loved this view into Sicilian culture and historical events of Palermo. Children loved the magic of the moving puppies, the action and the humor. Wouldn't have missed it! On the downside we were in a tight, hot room and most of the dialog was...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

What a great way to step into a different era. I loved my evening here. Grabbed a Saturday night show (the weekend shows are at 6:30p). All in Italian, but the vibe and energy of the show and the art of the marionettes will translate....More

1  Thank omnivoresdelights
Reviewed 21 September 2015

This was a high point of my trip to Palermo. It felt a privilege to be in the audience and be taken back to a time before cinema and television. The performances start at 18.30 on Saturday and Sunday. They didn't seem to take bookings...More

2  Thank Helen D
Reviewed 29 June 2015

A labor of love and craftsmanship by the family Cuticchio.The puppets themselves are a sight to behold, as is the theater. Very enjoyable. Best to reserve tickets before as the theater is small and fills up fast.

2  Thank Margaret G
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