Agnone is known for the manufacturing of bells by the Marinelli Bell Foundry. It is 22 miles northwest of Campobasso. Agnone lies on a rocky spear in the mountainous regions of Molise (Alto Molise). Farms and country houses surround the city. The Sangro River also passes by Agnone. The Pontifical Fonderia Marinelli (the Marinelli Pontifical Foundry), an ancient factory of bells has been operating in Agnone for nearly a millennium. It ranks as one of the oldest companies in the world, where the Marinelli family has run the foundry for the last 1000 years. This factory has a museum, where bells of almost a thousand years of antiquity to more recent others are displayed. It is also possible to observe the artisan process of the manufacturing of bells. The factory was visited by the Pope John Paul II in 1995 as many of the foundry’s bells can be found at the Vatican.
On Christmas Eve Agnone holds the “Carnevale Agnonese“ that holds a “Ndocciata,” which is a huge torchlight parade of thousands of handmade, wooden torches made into nine different quarters (“borgate”), accompanied by the sound of bagpipes, to the Piazza Plebiscito where a brotherhood bonfire is lit. The Fiera delle Arti e Mestieri Antichi (Arts and Antique Crafts Fair), is held 17 to 19 August where a large area of the old town home to artisans, display their works. Artisan’s crafts at the fair generally include goldsmiths, tinkers, tanners, wrought-iron, lace and embroidery.
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