Bell towers and the characteristic chiming of their bells are the landmarks of a typical Italian landscape and they are familiar to local communities.
A bell-ringer was a common profession, as Renzo Guerrini tells us in his interview.
The bells of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta were noted in responses to a questionnaire circulated prior to the visit of Bishop Giuliano Mani in the early 1800s.
The bell tower is still worth a visit and an image made up of its three bells is displayed in the Cathedral.
The church bells (now electrified) together with those of the town centre were until about 60 years ago the most efficient and widespread means of communication – to call the community together, to mark the time of day – for the farmers working out in their fields.