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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.
Written Jul 17, 2008
Address: 10 Piazza Della Libertá - 26100 - Cremona, Italy
Phone: +39 0372 434858
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.
Updated Sep 5, 2004
Address: Via Solferino, 25
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.
Written Sep 6, 2004
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
Written Apr 12, 2008