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The Marionettes Atelier

  • To be added to any 3 hour tour (cost for 3 hr tour is € 270)
  • Allow 1 hour, € 70, paid directly to the shop

From Carlo Collodi's beloved book Pinocchio to the famous puppet theaters of Sicily, we are fascinated by the ability of puppets to mimic real life. But where do they come from? Hidden amongst the canals of Venice there is a very special atelier where a real Maestro Geppetto has been creating marionettes for more than 20 years. Join us for a special experience to learn how, from a simple piece of wood, the maestro carves the puppet's body and all the other parts, then shapes the head by a special technique he invented using wood powder, and finally paints and dresses them with the help of his sister, a talented tailor. Next, learn the secrets of movement, as the maestro brings to life his creations, from classic puppets to movie characters to celebrities.

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