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
The Butteghetta was established in 1830 in the historic center of Genoa, as a store that sold household items and cribs. Over the years it specialized in niche products and typical Ligurian items such as mortars in marble for pesto, wooden graters and also moulds for corzetti, the typical pasta of eastern Liguria. Here you […]
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 […]
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. […]