Cremona Travel Guide

  • Snow capped lion outside the baptistry.
    Snow capped lion outside the baptistry.
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  • Cremona Cathedral and Bell Tower.
    Cremona Cathedral and Bell Tower.
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  • The Emblem of Cremona.
    The Emblem of Cremona.
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Cremona Things to Do

  • Piazza Lodi

    Piazza Lodi has a statue of the composer Claudio Monteverdi in its centre. Monteverdi was born in Cremona in 1567. He is credited with writing the first ever opera - L'Orfeo. He died in Venice in 1643 aged seventy-six. Monteverdi had a huge influence on the world of music.

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  • The Ponchielli Theatre

    On the walk back from the River Po we passed the Ponchielli Theatre. The original theatre at this site dated from 1747 when some local noblemen decided to present the town with a public theatre. The theatre was designed by Cremona architect Giovanni Battista Zaist. Unfortunately that building was destroyed by fire in 1806. The current Ponchielli...

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  • The River Po

    Our problem was that the River Po was not actually on our map and I was convinced the Church of San Pietro al Po must be on the river, so we went the wrong way to the river. Well, not so much wrong as round about and indirect. It took us a long time to get there and not very much time to get back to the centre.The River Po was actually quite...

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  • The Church of San Pietro al Po

    The church of San Pietro al Po dates from 1563. We walked all the way here because I had read the interior was beautiful. It was unfortunately closed. The exterior was quite plain. There was a nativity scene at the front of the church.From its name I expected this church to be on the River Po, but it is not.

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  • Cremona Town Hall

    The Palazzo Comunale located on Piazza del Commune is Cremona's old town hall. It was built in the early thirteenth century. There are frescoes under the portico. We did not go inside, but apparently there are some traditionally decorated rooms inside plus exhibitions of stringed instruments.

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  • Cremona Cathedral

    Cremona Cathedral is known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta in Italian. It is the seat of the Bishop of Cremona. Construction of the cathedral began in 1107 and the building was probably finished in around 1170. Inside the cathedral there are frescoes of the Stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph among others.Pairs of lions guard the...

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  • The Loggia dei Militi

    The Loggia dei Militi means the loggia of the soldiers. This building is on the Piazza del Comune next to the town hall. Its portico contains the emblem of Cremona which is being held by the city's mythical founder Hercules. The Loggia dei Militi dates from 1292.

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  • The Piazza del Comune

    The Piazza del Comune is Cremona's main square. It is surrounded by beautiful buildings such as Cremona's lovely cathedral, its tall bell tower, its town hall, the loggia dei Militi and the baptistry. Cremona's tourist office is also located here.Cremona's tall bell tower is known as the Torazzo. It was built in the middle of the thirteenth...

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  • Stradivari Square.

    Cremona was the birthplace of world famous violin maker Antonio Stradivari. He was born in Cremona in 1644 and lived here till his death in 1737. His violins have the best sound of any violins in the world and are very valuable. As well as violins Stradivari also made other stringed instruments such as cellos, guitars, violas, and harps.There is a...

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  • The River Po

    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...

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  • Claudio Monteverdi (1576-1643)

    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. More recently, I saw a brilliant production of...

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  • Cycling to Busseto

    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...

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  • Piazza Roma

    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...

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  • Palazzo Affaitati

    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...

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  • Teatro Ponchielli

    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...

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  • Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737)

    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...

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  • Piazza del Comune (Town Square)

    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...

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  • Chiesa di Sant'Agata

    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...

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Cremona Hotels

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  • Hotel Astoria

    Via Bordigallo Domenico 19, Cremona, 26100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Albergo Visconti

    Via Giuseppina, 145, Cremona, 26100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Vecchio Casello Hotel Castelleone

    Via Solferino 164, Cremona, 26012, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Cremona Restaurants

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    by Elainehead Written Jul 17, 2008

    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.

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Cremona Transportation

  • Cremona Train Station

    Cremona is easy to reach by train. We got there in about an hour from Brescia. It is also on a direct line from Milan and Mantua. The train station is about fifteen minutes walk away from the historical centre of Cremona. It is an easy walk, exit the station and go straight ahead. There was an interesting monument in the square directly in front of...

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  • Taking a bicycle on the train

    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...

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  • Cremona station

    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...

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Cremona Shopping

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    by barrikello Updated Sep 5, 2004

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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.

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Cremona Local Customs

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    by barrikello Written Sep 6, 2004

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    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.

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Cremona Off The Beaten Path

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    by Nemorino Updated May 17, 2014

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    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

    1. The church in the village of Soarza 2. Fruit trees in blossom near Soarza 3. Soarza sign
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Cremona Favorites

  • Don't climb the Torrazzo when it's like...

    In the pianura padana, winter brings lots of fog. While the bell tower may still be open (it's closed only when the wind is strong), chances are the view from above won't be very impressive...

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  • Palazzo Trecchi

    Adjacent to the Cittanova palazzo, along via Trecchi, there rises the majestic 17-century Palazzo Trecchi, althought visibly remodelled according to the neogothic style in the 1800s

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  • San Luca church

    . 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...

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