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, 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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  • Amazing understanding the complexity and dedication to the artistry. It's inspiring that the business is still held within the family.  more »
  • A must visit. One of the oldest family run businesses in the world. They sometimes do English speaking tours if there is enough demand. We got lucky that one was starting an hour later so we went had ...  more »
  • This the oldest working bell foundry and still use loss wax process. The speak English and have amazing bells in diffent tones on display.  more »
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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
  • In this place the angels came down to Earth and taught to artists to create the bells!
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  • 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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  • A wonderful way to learn about the tradition of a company, a country. Very nice throughout the tour.
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  • Fascinating and educational. Do you feel a story that belongs to you.
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