Italian villager reports parish for 'noisy' bells

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The village priest has defended the noisy bells. Photo: ehatch10s/Flickr
08:22 CEST+02:00
Church bells have tolled in Italy for centuries, but for one man in northern Italy their time is up.

A resident in the village of Rivarolo del Re in the Lombardy region has reported the parish to the police, in a bid to stop the church bells ringing throughout the night, Articolo Tre reported.

Father Luigi Pisani told parishioners the news and said he may launch a counter campaign, collecting signatures of support for nighttime bell-ringing, Il Giorno Cremona said.

“There are many people in the village who don’t share the same stance. The bells carry out a service. Think of the number of people who do night shifts, in businesses in the area. The indication of time is useful,” the village priest said, quoted in Il Giorno.

“Frankly I don’t see how the ringing of the hour can be so annoying. It’s been like this for such a long time,” he added.

Despite this, Pisani has been unable to stop the law taking its course.

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The resident’s complaint has prompted the intervention of regional environmental protection agency (ARPA). Specialists will determine whether the bells, despite their history, are ringing in high levels of noise pollution each night.

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