Pontificia Fonderia di Campane Marinelli, Agnone
(4.5/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
The Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli is the successor of a bell foundry already at work in Agnone, Italy in 1040. The bell foundry is considered Italy's oldest family business and among the three oldest family businesses worldwide. In addition to a bell foundry, it is an artisan foundry that produces bronze portals, bas-reliefs, church artifacts, and bell restorations.Marinelli familyThe Marinelli family first started the bell foundry in 1339 in the Apennine hills of Italy. The village of Agnone, where the foundry is located, "has a tradition of foundries that dates back 10 centuries." In 1924, the foundry was awarded "the title of pontifical foundry" by the The Vatican. The Roman Catholic Church now accounts for 90 percent of all orders placed for the company. The company is co-owned and operated by brothers Armando and Pasquale Marinelli. The foundry typically produces up to 50 bells a year and currently employs around 12 people.
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  • Our 3 year old adores literally the bells and we thought we'd bring it here. Choice, he was very elated and was no longer in the skin in the midst of all those bells, we greatly enjoyed the guided tour and, as he told us the master "Bell ringer" at the end "from today you'll think the bells as musical instrument"
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  • Oldest bell manufacturer in the world. Amazing family who owns the factory and great to learn the history. Definitely worth the visit. 
  • the Museum was closed, so we walked straight in the Foundry of the bells to take a look. place of yesteryear, dusty and dimly lit; wonder at the forms of Earth and wood bells. We also played with the knuckles the bells on display with various intonations. Busy workers but that they hunted maybe because we were discreet. too bad there was the bronze to leak.
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  • A very nice and amazing place. I advice everybody to visit at least once Agnone and meet the amazing local people
  • To become old Pontifical foundry, the Marinelli Foundry has roots that every Italian can be proud. Its bells are scattered throughout the world and within each of those bells there is all the knowledge handed down from generations which still is consolidated in every Bell produced. One little note: I made the guided tour where I could see unique items and full of knowledge, but I think the master Bell-ringer which outlined the whole thing (at least that day) was not quite up to what I explained. Not into technicalities that for charity were complete and detailed, but in spirit!!! you are explaining a piece of history as well as your life of Bell ringer, although only one of the listeners were truly interested in what you say make him feel the passion of what you have produced for a lifetime! For this I had to remove a star! I hope it was just a bad day. I still recommend the visit
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  • Fascinating and educational. Do you feel a story that belongs to you.
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  • Amazing experience for centuries tradition alive and real
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  • Good sound
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