Countdown to Departure from Italy. 23 Days to Go.

“What a world of merriment their melody foretells… from the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells.” – Edgar Allan Poe

Since this blog doesn’t come with audio, I will leave it to Mr. Poe’s onomatopoeic description to transport you to today’s thing I will miss about Arezzo.

Arezzo's duomo or cathedral
Arezzo’s duomo or cathedral

There are such a variety of bell-towers from the pieve, the duomo or cathedral, and the other churches within our town’s medieval walls, that when their bells lift together in harmonious chiming, the air is filled with a clarion ringing of festivity, or joy or something. I don’t know what it is exactly.  But it is emotional.  And you cannot ignore it.

Chiesa di Sant'Agostino in Arezzo
Chiesa di Sant’Agostino in Arezzo

The bells make you stop and listen.  Take a moment every hour – especially at noon and 5:30 and 6:00pm when they are programmed to really peal!

I have been told that the Fraternita dei Laici bells in Piazza Grande – which are more than 500 years old – used to ring almost like a news herald: tolling when it was time to go to harvest and other important events. Not only the time – on the quarter hour, every hour,  like it does today.

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The bells still carry meaning  – and likely something different for everyone.  And I will miss their sounds so.

Baci, Gina

P.S.  Any bell towers where you are? What do they ring for you?

@Copyright 2014 Gina London. All Rights Reserved.

 

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