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Agnone - Abruzzo - Private Tours in Abruzzo Region, Italy

Agnone e Capracotta

Cities and Towns in Abruzzo and Molise

Agnone is a small town located in the Molise region in Southern Italy between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea. The beauty of this area geographically is unparalled in Italy probably because there is such a splendid balance between man and nature, intense spirituality and secular pride.  The town is famous for an ancient bell factory, testimony to which the town'sInternational Bell Museum and the Pontifical foundry, the only foundry permitted to use the pontifical seal of appointment.

The history of this area goes back centuries to the ancient indigenous Sannite tribes before becoming a Roman settlement and in the middle ages Agnone became home to a group of artisans from the Venice area, whose influence can still be seen in the urban plan of the town and a historic Goldsmith's workshop located in Agnone. On Christmas Eve the "Ndocciata", atorch lit procession, parades through the streets of the town whilst, during the month of August, Agnone hosts the Fair of Ancient Arts and Crafts.

This is a wonderful area to explore and while you can do it alone, we do not really recommend it. 

Here one finds one of Italy's most important "tratturi"; tracks traditionally used by shepherds for the passage of their flocks across the mountainous territory. TheGiardino della Flora Appenninica, is a botanical garden situated at considerably high altitude close to Pescopennataro, and features a great number of species of flowers and trees from central and southern Italy.

The Molise is situated on the edge of the National Park of Abruzzo and Molise where the wealth of natural and artistic beauty seems endless. Of Samnite origin Agnone would be built on the ancient Aquilonia. Here were recovered many archaeological artifacts, as the funerary stele of Vibia Bonitas. Over the centuries, Agnone was a fief of the Angevins, the Caracciolo and the Gonzaga. 

The remarkable architecture and art of the many religious buildings, not surprisingly this town is one of the few municipalities in Italy to be awarded the Orange Flag, the recognition of the Italian Touring Club, which certifies the quality of village tourism and environment. 

You can visit the mother church dedicated to St. Mark (XI cent.), the church of Sant 'Antonio Abate, with bell of the eighteenth century, the church dedicated to St. Francis with valuable works, the church of St. Emidio which houses thirteen wooden statues of the seventeenth century depicting Christ and the Apostles. Agnone also includes the "Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli" (pic n°5) the oldest bell foundry of the Europe. For over 800 years Marinelli creates bells for the town of Agnone, for the Molise and all over the world.

 

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