China once again features in the invention of a product that Italy helped to make popular worldwide, this time the accordion. In a town perhaps better known as the site of the last major battle for Italy's unification in 1861, Castelfidardo just two years later saw the establishment of the country's first initiative to manufacture these instruments on a commercial scale. After receiving an accordion as a gift from an Austrian pilgrim on his way to the Holy House in nearby Loreto, young Paolo Soprani disassembled the instrument and realized that he could easily create similar versions. So started a thriving industry that ultimately made local folk music more accessible due to the portability of the accordion. Over the years it has become synonymous with Italian emigrants, whose most immediate connection with their homeland was often their trusty accordion.
Since 1978 Serenellini manufactures a wide range of excellent handcrafted accordions, able to satisfy the needs of the student as well as of the most demanding professional accordionist.