Campana dei Caduti (Bell of the Fallen) – Rovereto, Italy - Atlas Obscura

Campana dei Caduti (Bell of the Fallen)

One of the world's largest swinging bells is a symbol made from the melted aftermath of war. 


The Bell of the Fallen looms over travelers from its perch in the Italian Alps and delivers a solemn message.

Visitors can walk or drive up the winding, sun-soaked streets of this sub-alpine, Italian town to reach a natural promenade overlooking the Brenner Valley—home to the world’s largest free-swinging bell. Guests can stand beneath it in awe of its size, or at sunset. 

The bell is more than a novelty. It’s a loud and living reminder of Italy’s darkest history. The Italian front was one of the bloodiest of World War I, and the Brenner Valley saw more than its share of violence. In memory of the fallen, cannons from both sides of the conflict were melted and cast to create this peace memorial.

Around the bell is a garden of sculptures and art installations. 

Know Before You Go

A small entrance fee of around 5 euros applies at the Museum. 

Opening hours (from

From November to January : 9.00 - 16.30
March, October : 9.00 - 18.00
From April to September : 9.00 - 19.00
Easter and Easter Monday open

Evening opening:  from 16 June to 24 September 21.00-22.00 to attend the sounding of the Bell at 21.30

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August 3, 2023

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