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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  • 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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  • Museums, exhibitions, concerts, you can find anywhere. But a Bell factory, where they merged the Bell of the Jubilee, where bells around the world (when we went, some were leaving for Thailand), can be found only here, and in a few other places in the world. The incredible is one imagines a huge factory, instead is little more than a large room, with a furnace to melt the bronze, everything is handcrafted, there is an expert opinion, behind the production of a Bell, which is unimaginable. The great thing is that there is a visit to which explains to visitors how a Bell factory. It is certainly a place to be seen.
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  • A visit worth making, well-organized Museum with kind and helpful people. The first part consists of a video that represents the construction of a Bell, the second part much more interesting it is accompanied by the master Bell ringer of the foundry that responds in a comprehensive manner all the questions he was asked, visit ends in the foundry. If you pass by Agnone go see nor it is so worth it.
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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
  • 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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  • Interesting not for me!
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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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  • Place interessantissimo....si can see where the bells are melted and the entire production stage ... Besides the beautiful Museum ... with famous and ancient bells.
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