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Handcrafting Papal Bells With Italy's Oldest Family Business

Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli, or the Marinelli Pontifical Foundry, is Italy's oldest family business and among the three oldest family businesses worldwide. The Marinellis have been handcrafting bells since 1000 AD, and current co-owners, operators and brothers Armando and Pasquale Marinelli are the *26th* generation to run the business. It's a tradition as beautiful as the tone and timbre of their timeless productions, and an important one as well: their primary client is the pope himself.

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