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Venice: Secret Venetian Puppet Workshop

Product ID: 218136
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Learn how the art of puppeteering originated with a guided visit to a secret workshop of the Venetian master Geppetto. You will come face to face with these charismatic dolls, and can even try your hand at controlling one for yourself.
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Duration: 45 minutes
Starting times 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM
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  • Discover exclusively handcrafted puppets
  • Get away from the chaotic life of Venice City
  • Try your hand at controlling a puppet
  • Meet the Venetian pupper master Geppetto
  • Enter an 18th-century Venetian palace
Full description
In Santa Fosca, a Venetian artisan has created odd and bizarre puppets for 27 years. Since he was a boy, the expert puppet master has enjoyed creating dolls. After 3 educational years in the shop of his master in the Tuscany countryside, his mastery discovered its current level of professionalism, and it was this experience that allowed him to open the shop which is now his workshop in Venice.

Inside his kingdom, you will be immersed in a dreamlike and surreal atmosphere. The workshop is located on the first floor of an old Venetian palace which dates back to the 18th century. It was formerly a painting workshop, before later becoming a chandelier warehouse. The building's history can be seen by one particular chandelier the artisan found, which he hung up on one of the ceiling beams as a decoration.

During your visit, you will learn how puppets are shaped using natural materials and following the traditional techniques, including the use of a cross with eight threads to move them. Puppets' bodies are all made of wood, while the feet, head and hands are shaped with a wooden paste before being hand painted.

All the dresses and costumes are designed and sewn by the artisan's sister, a seamstress who is skilled at sewing Venetian Carnival costumes. It takes up to 15 days to create a puppet, with this collection being full of exclusive creations which perpetuate a widely unknown and very old tradition. Once upon a time, puppets were used in the ancient puppet shows to entertain guests with shows mixing satire and surprise.
  • Entry to the puppet workshop
  • Assistant for translation (if required)
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Campo Santa Fosca, under the statue of Paolo Sarpi

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From US$ 328.19 Per group up to 8

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Gray Line Venice - Park Viaggi

Product ID: 218136