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Located at 840 m above sea level, Agnone is a village where the centuries merge and overlap. A medieval city, it is best known for bell making. For a thousand years, Agnone has been home to what we can legitimately call the "Pope's Foundry". In 1924, Pope Pius XI granted the Pontifical Bell Foundry the right and the honour to use the papal crest for its exceptional creations.

In the historic centre, you can admire Palazzo San Francesco and the library, which houses a permanent exhibition of antiquarian books, sixteen churches dotted around the streets and squares, copper and wrought iron workshops, the Bell Museum, the archaeological site and the water mills.

When it comes to food, the local specialities to try include the cheese varieties (caciocavallo, scamorza, treccia), charcuterie, chocolate bells, wafer biscuits and sugared almonds, known as "confetti ricci". Typical dishes include sagne (the local pasta variety) served with lamb, fettuccine with porcini mushrooms and "zuppa alla santè", a hearty soup made from meat, vegetables and croutons.

A must-see event in December is the ‘Ndocciata, a traditional festival which has received a heritage prize from the Italian Ministry of Tourism.

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86081 Agnone IS, Italia


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