"Home of the Stradivarius Violin"
Cremona has many violin workshops, and it leads one to understand the importance of this musical instrument as you walk through the town.
Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri, names synonymous with the word violin, lived and worked in Cremona Italy from the 16-18th centuries.
This northern Italian city is situated on the banks of the Po River in the province of Lombardy.
We took a day trip there after flying into Milan. It was an enjoyable day, where we were able to walk the city and sample the salame e formaggi that were made and brought into town by local vendors. We also observed a wedding ceremony during the time we were there. We heard about the history of violin making and the famous Torrone candy we had on table during holidays as Italian Americans.
"Cathedral of Cremona"
This 12th century cathedral has many outdoor sculptures and significant frescoes inside. The Torrazzo (bell tower) is Europe's tallest and oldest standing tower. It is located in the Piazza del Comune. The day we were there was market day and the square was lively.
Not pictured but to the right is the baptistry, which is impressive. It is not the size of the baptistry of the Duomo in Florence, but in its own right is an imposing structure.
According to legend, Torrone, meaning big tower, was fashioned for a wedding held during medieval times. Torrone is a noughat candy made from egg whites, honey, and usually almonds.