Pontificia Fonderia di Campane Marinelli, Agnone

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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, a small Italian town of 5,200 inhabitants in the province of Isernia in Molise, is where the foundry is now located. The foundry "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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  • With the campers decided to make a weekend of it in Agnone to measure the mythical factory bells the Pontifical factory Marinelli, very interesting and well illustrated, explain in detail the delicate craftsmanship of bells, cost €5 adegiatissimo ticket to visit, I recommend it to everyone ...
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  • We have been given the chance at no charge to make a brief but nonetheless fascinating tour, being the only two listening for the visit, gesture greatly appreciated and not due to. Needless to say, remains enchanted as a child to hear explanations and see how does a Bell ... DIN don dan. ..
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  • Guided tour lasting 1 hour with a full price of €5. Very interesting history of this ancient farm passed down through generations. There are only 4 in Italy the foundries that build bells, 1 in South Central and it is precisely the company Marinelli. If you don't visit Agnone can't. Last guided tour opening hours is at 16.
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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
  • Absolutely a must to visit if you are in Agnone or nearby. There is a video that shows you many things and there is also a guide that accompanies and explains everything that is present in the foundry and the Museum. It's all very interesting and fascinating. A tradition that has been handed down for generations. Eventually you will delight you with the music played with the bells! Not to be missed! You can also buy beautiful bells to keep as a souvenir or as a gift! Go for it I recommend!
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  • We participated in the visit. The master's explanation was interesting not only for adults but also children listened attentively. You could feel how much passion he carries out his work. A foundry of the remaining 19 family across Europe. Amazing experience.
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  • One of the last in Europe Bell Foundry. A must visit this place if you go in the region.
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  • Visit with the master Bell-ringer, explained very well and in detail how to make a Bell. In addition to various examples of bells manufactured in various places of the world. The whole group is glad
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