After coming off the bridge you soon come to these signs pointing to the hiking, strolling and cycling route along the right bank of the Po River. There is no sign pointing to Busseto, but since the direction was right I took it, and it turned out to be an excellent and virtually car-free cycling route.Second photo: Cars are only allowed on this...more
Cremona is located on the left bank of the Po River, which is the longest river in Italy. It starts in the Alps and flows in a generally West-to-East direction across all of northern Italy, before emptying into the Adriatic Sea near Venice.Since I live in Germany I suppose I should mention that in German the word Po means butt, so if the Germans...more
More of a park than a square, the Piazza Roma is the location of this statue of the Italian patriot, philosopher and politician Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872).Mazzini's goal was to end foreign rule in Italy, and to achieve Italian independence and unity under a democratic government. When independence and unity were finally achieved in 1861, Mazzini...more
This palace from the second half of the sixteenth century now houses the public library, the Civic Museum and Art Gallery, the Archeological Collection and the Stradivari Museum.Unfortunately I wasn't able to visit any of these museums during my two short visits to Cremona, but here are the opening hours:• Weekdays 9:00 - 18:00• Sundays and...more
Cremona's main theater is named after the opera composer Amilcare Ponchielli (1834 - 1886).Ponchielli was born near Cremona at a place which is now called Paderno Ponchielli in his honor. After his studies at the Milan Conservatory he worked for a while as an organist in Cremona.He wrote about a dozen operas, but the one that made him world famous...more
Cremona is famous for its long tradition of violin making. It was started in the 16th century by a man named Andrea Amati, who is considered the inventor of the violin. Amati's sons and grandson continued the tradition, and the grandson Nicolò Amati was (probably) the teacher of the greatest of them all, Antonio Stradivari, who in his long life...more
Opera was an invention of the Renaissance, starting around the year 1600. Perhaps the world's first full-scale opera, or one of the first, was L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, composed in 1607. I have seen L'Orfeo several times in Frankfurt am Main and once, in a very different production, in Darmstadt.Monteverdi was born in Cremona in 1576 and lived...more
The Piazza del Comune is at the highest point of the town. The 11th century cathedral is here, along with other historic buildings called the Baptistery, the Loggia dei Militi and the Municipal Chambers.When I arrived on a Saturday afternoon they were just cleaning up after a market that had been held there during the morning. There was newspaper...more
Piazza S. Agata, overlooked by the church of S. Agata, of ancient foundation (1077), but completely renovated in its layout in the 16th century with a fine neoclassical façade (by L. Voghera, 1845), represents in an urbanistic sense, together with the Cittanova palazzo, the second town centre, arising in the medioeval era and hence outside the...more
From the second half of XVII century the most famous of the violin-makers, Antonio Stradivari, began to work in Cremona. Rich in his predecessors’ experience, he developed the research in the art of making stringed instruments in order to obtain instruments which could meet with the requirements of the music of his time.The greatest masterpieces,...more
As indicated in the inscription on the wall slab on its front face, the "Loggia dei Militi" was built in 1292. (The Militia Loggia - View). Above the inscription, banners of the Municipality represented by four knights holding the banners, symbolize the historic four gates to the city, Pertusio, Ariberti, Natale, S. Lorenzo.The history of the...more
The first historical record of a building housing the political municipal power goes back to the end of the 12th century (1193 and 1194), when documentary references speak of the palace of the consuls. However, the readable remains of the medioeval elements of the Municipal palace go back to the date of building of 1206 and the subsequent enlarging...more
The chronological datings of 754 and 1284, referred to by the local historical sources for the start of building being recognised as unfounded, there are more correctly distinguished four phases in the development of the tower's construction: the first one, going back to the third decade of the 13th century, up to the third string-course cornice; a...more
The baptistery, started in 1167, takes up the typical octagonal plan, a symbolic reference to the number eight, the eighth day of the resurrection and hence, by extension, of baptism: a connection between theology and architectural suggested in a solemn poem by S. Ambrogio and then linked to the Ambrosian rite.Externally, those parts of the edifice...more
The working site for the present cathedral was opened at the beginning of the 12th century, i.e. at the time of the regrowth of the town and of great political, cultural and religious upheavals leading to the formation of new social equilibria. Started in 1107, as the foundation stone with the prophets Enoch and Elijah preserved in the canons'...more
That's a wonderful masterpiece, with the harmony of the facade and the richness of the inside. The astonishing facade is covered by white marbles and it looks particularly bright when hit by the sun. Its peculiarity are the two small side towers that surround it.more
Cremona's main square is a fascinating space where all the main monuments project. It's actually one of the best preserved medieval squares in the whole Italy. Its peculiarity is that it was created on the 'highest' point of the town - indeed flat - and that 12 streets converge here.more
This tall bell tower (111 meters) is the symbol of Cremona. It dates back to the XIII century. It's possible to climb the 487 steps that lead to the top of the tower, where there is an uncomparable view of the whole town and plain surrounding. The clock on the tower dates back to 1583 and it is still working.more
Via Bordigallo Domenico 19, Cremona, 26100, Italy
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Via Giuseppina, 145, Cremona, 26100, Italy
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Most shops/restaurants/museums are closed on Monday, so we had to walk a bit to find anything open. I had read some good reviews about this place called Pizzeria Vesuvio.
Despite not being smokers, we decided sitting outside since it was still sunny and hot. Sorry, but the only good thing about this place was the service (friendly waiter who could speak some French), other than that, the pizza was deceiving. It was too crusty for our taste and it was hard to cut it with a knife. It was a lot easier eating with my hands. Also finding an insect in my pizza (found on the dough, but it could have come with the arugula) and the annoying fly who wouldn't leave my pizza alone...
I think the Caprese pizza was around 6 or 7 Euros.
You can take your bicycle with you on most Suburban, Regional, Direct and Inter-regional trains in Italy. Look for the bicycle symbol in the timetable.Sometimes they have special offers allowing you to take your bicycle for free on certain lines and certain dates (look for the posters at stations, in bicycle shops and at the Ciclobby office in...more
There are seven direct trains per day from Milano Centrale (Milan Central Station) to Cremona, and three from the station Milano Porta Garibaldi. My train took an hour and ten minutes from Milano Centrale to Cremona, stopping at several stations along the way including one with the marvelous name of Casalpusterlengo.In Cremona you could...more
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This is the most famous candy store of Cremona - since 1836 - where the "torrone" (nougat) and "mostarda" (sweet, sour and pickled fruit) are produced with the trademark of Enea Sperlari. Owner of the first commercial license of the region, Sperlari was the supplier to the prince of Piedmont and the Queen Mother. It is the favourite stop for anybody with a "sweet tooth" such as the nineteenth century painter Carlo Vittori. Nothing has changed inside the store. Worth visiting for its many delicacies
What to buy: Torrone - that's a must. It's a hard or soft sweet bar made of almonds, honey and white of egg. Then the Mostarda, sweet and sour pickled fruit. These local specialties are bought and eaten especially during the Xmas period and particularly in the northern Italy.
What to pay: You can spend about 5 Euros for a Torrone and something more for a good Mostarda jar.
Cremona is historically linked with music. Apart from great composers like Ponchielli and Monteverdi, Cremona saw the invention of the violin in 1530 by Andrea Amati. It was Antonio Stradivari, almost two centuries later, that brought the art of playing violin to the top. Nowadays, Cremona still holds the international school of Violin and some ancient shops where the maestros keep creating these wonderful instruments.
On my way back from Busseto to Cremona by bicycle I tried a slightly different route, which I won't recommend because it turned out to be something of a detour, but it did have the advantage of getting me into the picturesque village of Soarza, which belongs to the municipality of Villanova sull'Arda in the Province of Piacenza (which is in the region Emilia-Romagna).
In 1998 three "late middle-aged" Canadian couples took a bicycle tour through this part of Italy, and their diary entry for Day 12 includes this mention of Soarza:
"Day 12 (77 km): We headed east on a sunny Sunday, taking back roads wherever we could. In the village of Soarza we were entertained by the beautiful sounds of the church bells. We stopped for a glass of wine at a cafe where all the local men were sitting in very vocal conversation. They were quite interested in our bikes (and our wives!)"
Second photo: When I came through at the end of March the fruit trees were just starting to blossom.
Third photo: Sign at the entrance to Soarza.
45° 2'36.31" North; 10° 0'40.07" East
. Luca's, founded by the Romans, has on the left side, close by its face the Tempietto di Cristo Risorto, built in 1503, as thanks for the ending of the plague, on the architect B. de Lera 's design, who interpreted Bramante's language in Cremona. The construction, with brick parameter, has an octagonal plan and it has got three floors with three...more