Zanni will appear absolutely ridiculous, with small eyes, black face and thick eyebrows, funny in every stance; so will be a stiff and awkward Pulcinella, with his rude attitude and his silly gestures.
Cities are invaded by charlatans, and by a more refined type of comedians, no longer mainly jugglers or acrobats, but true actors, who stage plays in indoor venues, for paying spectators.

In 1611 the English traveller Coryate, referring to the most unusual memory of his trip to Venice, writes: "I actually saw women on stage!"
Even though they often go unnoticed, looking carefully, little self-contained scenes can be seen in the background, inspired by everyday street life; family squabbles, spats among common citizens, scandals, jokes, mockery, all fill the backstage, making this type of theatre a very realistic and accurate portrayal of daily life.

This genre of theatre, born in the close confines of smoky taverns, in the open spaces of markets and fairs, in the narrow streets inhabited by the humblest people, rose well above its popular roots and found its way into the hearts of all social classes, to become successfully  accepted and equally welcome in aristocratic palaces and in market squares.