The old shop of the Napoli brothers is located in the historic centre and represents a heritage of great historical and cultural importance for the area, because for four generations the craft "Puppeteer" has been handed down. Puppets, backdrops, weapons, jewelry and items used in the staging, everything is made in the workshop in Via Reitano, which was originally the birthplace of the Napoli family. Here puppets are also made on commission, nothing that comes close to a souvenir but only the very finest puppets for collectors. Again in Via Reitano, guided tours are given to see the puppets being made and the workshops. All equipment and puppets used from 1800 to now are part of the museum theatre located at the Porte di Catania shopping centre.
Via Reitano, 55, Catania, CT, Italia - +39 347 3034600 - http://www.fratellinapoli.it
Francesco Salamanca sells his creations and is renowned the world over, but probably the idea of becoming a master puppeteer came to him when he was a child, and collected empty tin cans between the market stalls to use them to learn the craft. The elderly puppeteer Emilio Musumeci helped him learn his technique and […]
Mascalucia (CT)Folk Traditions
Brothers Sergio and Massimo Boldrin have been making masks for 35 years and have been running the shop at the foot of the Rialto bridge since 1984. Papier-mâché masks, which lead into a world populated with jesters and elves, characters of the Commedia dell’arte and Moons and Suns, covered with gold leaf and evocative of […]
Judith Sotriffer makes old Val Gardena dolls: a tradition that was already going strong in the 1700s and disappeared in 1930. In Val Gardena the production of wooden toys is an established tradition. It is said that each family specialised in a toy. Judith’s father is a sculptor and carver of toys, but not dolls. […]
Ortisei (BZ)Folk Traditions
In Ottana, Franco Maritato, an expert carver, is a dedicated artist who creates traditional local carnival masks, the caratza, tangible manifestations of the ancient tales and myths. Creating a caratza requires inspiration and listening skills, because “the ancestors send the vision of a man or animal’s face, so that the sculptor was inspired to pick […]