Italian churches have real bells and they ring them. A lot. No recorded versions, these are the real deals. These particular bells (on the left) woke us up at 7 o’clock on Sunday morning. Actually it was the absence of noise from the street below that woke me up just before the bells.
Saturday night in Sorrento is a happening place. We were treated to an impromptu display of fireworks (and barking dogs) shortly after 11pm, and the main street was hopping until the week hours. I dubbed these the Hangover Bells
, Sunday morning punishment for all those who partied heartily Saturday night. As soon as they went off, other churches chimed in. As if with some timer switch, as soon as the bells started, the traffic started up again with the un-mufflered vespas (motor scooters) zooming around trucks with sticky gear shifts, and little car tires squealing on the cobblestones below our window. It was a wonderful cacophonous experience.
The bells on the left are in the Campanile
(bell tower) of St Mark’s in Venice. Unlike the bells in Sorrento that ring every 15 minutes, these only go off once a day (at 1pm) and I’m really glad we missed them. My ears would still be ringing!
Please Note: The link in the paragraph above goes to a delightfully sonorous but really slow download. Crank up the volume and enjoy!