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If you're wondering about that little guy on top, That's Pulcinella, one of the many symbols of Napoli. Probably only second to Vesuvio and monstrous traffic

Pulcinella originated in Campania The nose has the form of a beak which ancients called 'pullus gallinaceus' It is thought the etymology of the word derives from the word 'Pulliciniello' that is pulcino or chick. Like Harlequin, Punch is a stupid servant who sometimes takes on contradictory personalities. He can be both stupid and astute, bold and cowardly and has an extremely lively expressiveness typical of Napolitans. The costume consists of a white coat constrained by a belt, a long hat and a black mask which highlights a hooked nose and wrinkles

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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