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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TripAdvisor
  • I've been to this place on 1 St April experience was impressive and positive, with watching a video on how to create the bells with explanations of who helps create them very exhaustive, but especially not boring. It's worth it.
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  • 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 »
  • The owners and staff is priceless. We asked for a guided tour after hours and have not hesitated to accept. We were early and we were made to visit the Museum. Our guide, an engineer campanario (not sure if you can call it that) really careful and precise explanations. All very interesting, not to be missed.
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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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