Archeology, Bells and Cheese in Agnone
Spend a day exploring Agnone and Pietrabbondante, in the heart of the Upper Molise, where history and tradition come together. Visit Agnone, the land of cheese. Besides being a village of art, history and culture, it also hosts the Ancient Pontifical Foundry Marinelli… And then Pietrabbondante, with its theatre – temple built by the Samnites 2100 years ago.
What you’ll do
- Join the guided tour of Agnone
- Explore with a guide the Marinelli Bell Foundry and discover Agnone bells
- Take part in the visit of an artisan pastry shop and confetti factory
- Visit the historical cellar and cave for the aging of cheese in Agnone
- Taste typical local foods
- Visit the archaeological site of Pietrabbondante with a guide
Price per person: € 65
What to expect
Agnone is an artistic, historical and cultural town thanks to its historic centre full of churches with majestic portals, elegant palaces, charming alleys and picturesque views. A real open air museum that can fascinate and amaze visitors.
We will take a guided tour of the heart of the town to discover the historic centre, which preserves the testimony of the glorious past, of a noble city of the kingdom of Naples. This town has always been important for handcraft and the working of metals. The pride of this tradition is represented by the presence in the town of the oldest bell foundry in the world: the Pontifical “Marinelli” Foundry.
2. Agnone bells
In this ancient foundry, where the touch of art distinguishes each bell without giving in to modern standardising techniques, bells are made for the most prestigious churches in the world. The bells of Agnone are handmade, it is the hand of man that makes the “models”. It guides the stream of liquefied bronze from the wood-fired furnace to the “moulds” buried in the casting pit.
The peculiarity of this foundry is its family character with traditions dating back to the dawn of time, and the passage of centuries has left the processing phases absolutely unchanged. This is how the Agnone bells were created, rare masterpieces of an artistic craftsmanship that has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages.
3. Confetti factory and cheese
During the tour, don’t forget a “gourmet” stop at the Carosella artisan pastry & candy shop to sample all sorts of delicacies.
Agnone is also the home of cheese and dairy products so a visit to a well known dairy can not be missed. This will be a unique experience for authentic connoisseurs! The tour starts with the visit to the historical cellar of the dairy and to the tufa caves where cheese is aged.
The tasting menu includes: seasoned cheese with jam, bread, “crostini” with ricotta cheese, caprese with small mozzarella and Pachino tomatoes, ricotta cream with chocolate chips and amaretti, a glass of Tintilia wine from Molise.
After having had refreshments, the guided tour of Pietrabbondante can begin starting from the archaeological site of the “Sannita” temple – theatre dating back to the II century B.C.. It represents the most important monument of the Samnite world. The site, which is perfectly preserved, consists of a theatre and a temple with two service buildings next to it.
|When||Monday to Sunday – duration 7 hours|
|Start time||10 a.m.|
|Language||Italian and English|
Price per person: € 65 minimum 2 people – € 25 children aged 4 to 12
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The Food Expert:
I have been working in the tourism sector for about 30 years. Since 2000, I have owned my own tour operator based in Campobasso. Years of professionalism that allow me to advise you on the best solutions to ensure you an unforgettable stay in Molise. Agnone is the home of cheese and a tour here is a must for those arriving in Molise! Follow the Path of taste… Then enjoy the delicacy of the “Carosella” pastry shop and confetti factory.
Cancellation policy: all bookings for the food experience among archeology, bells and cheese in Agnone can be cancelled within 3 days from the start date of the experience. Read the Terms and Conditions.
My name is Angela and I have been working in the tourism sector for about 30 years. Since 2000 I have owned my own tour operator based in Campobasso. Years of professionalism that allow me to advise you on the best solutions to ensure you an unforgettable stay.
During my career, I have always tried to promote my territory, the Molise Region, which in my opinion has a lot to offer to all those who want an “alternative” holiday to enjoy unique experiences. From day tours to customised tourist packages, for individuals or groups, in order to best satisfy your desires.