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
Marcello Aversa’s passion for Neapolitan nativity scenes developed in the early eighties. At first, he adopted the traditional technique by using cork and wood, and then he found an outlet for his creativity in clay. He models his figurines in clay by using pins and little sticks, which look like finely carved sculptures. For some […]
Sorrento (NA)Folk Traditions
The Scuotto brothers’ Scarabattola was founded in 1996 as an innovative business with two focuses: on the one hand, the production of figurines for cribs, individual pieces of the highest quality; on the other, constant artistic experimentation. The workshop, official supplier of the Giffoni Film Festival awards, has itself collected many awards and created prestigious […]
Ulderico was born and raised in the family-run workshop and, thus, as he himself says, the art of nativity scene-making runs deep in his blood. His sculptures are imbued with artisan skill but also with passion and love of his craft which, like the creation of every real artist, bears the “sign of birthright”. This […]