Monuments and city centre
Small and crammed with history and interesting monuments, Cremona is a city to discover and visit easily.
Locanda Torriani is the ideal starting point to getting to know the historic centre of the city.
Once you go out from the Torriani lane, it is impossible not to gape at the massive structure of the Duomo from where the height of the Torrazzo has its origin.
Symbols of the prestige of the city in the medieval era, the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the tallest Church Tower of Europe overlook the piazza, where it is possible also to admire the Town Hall, with its wonderful small yard Federico II and the isolated Loggia dei Militi (that is, the Soldiers’ loggia).
Wondering about the historic centre you can see many churches dating back to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque and the Neoclassicism: Sant’Abbondio, Sant’Omobono, Sant’Agata, but especially Sant’ Agostino, which preserves jealously a precious canvas by Perugino, are all stopovers not to be missed of the old part of Cremona and they are easily accessible.
The Cittanova palace, inherited from the Guelph party of Cremona, and the Pinacoteca del Museo Civico (that is, the Picture Gallery of the Civic Museum) conclude the visit to the historic centre.
For those who would like to go towards the outskirts, the sumptuous church of San Sigismondo must not be missed, since it is a Renaissance pearl that gives onto the fields adjacent to the city.
The Duomo of Cremona, whose construction started in 1107 and whose consecration was in 1196, gets together the typical architectural fascinations of the Lombard Romanesque style and the harmony of the following interventions of the Renaissance era, that can be seen especially in the façade richly decorated with bass-relieves and full relief statues dating back to the two periods.
Inside the Duomo, an important frescos cycle of the 500th century is guarded. It portrays the Stories of Maria and Jesus, made by Boccaccio Boccaccino, Francesco Bembo, Altobello Melone, il Romanino.
It is must be also pointed out for its beauty the big fresco at the entrance, made by Pordenone.
Symbol of the city, the Torrazzo is the tallest historic church tower of Europe (110 metres height).
The church tower was made during the XIII century in two different phases: firstly, the construction of the squared tower, then, from 1284 to 1305, the octagonal crowning that marked the end of the works.
Whereas, the astronomic clock placed at the centre of the Torrazzo dates back to the years from 1583 to 1588, that is considered to be one the biggest of the world.
Realized by Francesco and Giovan Battista Divizioli, the clock represents the vault of heaven with the constellations of the Zodiac crossed by the motion of the Sun and the Moon, represented on the hands of the clock.
The Baptistery, that has an octagonal plan, dates back to 1167.
The monument includes the characteristics of the Romanesque style together with the stylistic elements of the Lombard Gothic art.
The building alternates the marble coating with the brick walls on which the double lancet windows give onto.
In the Baptistery there’s the font in red marble of 1531, realized by Lorenzo Trotti.
Cremona is the city of the music
Birth place of famous luthiers’ families (Stradivari, Amati, Guarneri del Gesù) and internationally known composers, such as Claudio Monteverdi and Amilcare Ponchielli, Cremona gives the chance to go over the fascination of its substantial musical tradition through a series of interesting stops.
In the Town Hall, the precious Violins Civic Collection offers a unique exhibition of the masterpieces of the cremonese classical luthier’s art: Stradivari, Amati and Guarneri del Gesù show the important luthier’s story of the city and give the pleasure of a special musical performance (on request).
The Stradivarius’ Museum, instead, propose an original collection of the work tools coming directly from Antonio Stradivari’s workshop.
For those who love to loose themselves in the lanes of the city centre, it will be a pleasure to have a look at the numerous luthier workshops that are spread throughout the city and to plunge into a timeless atmosphere.
To Amilcare Ponchielli is dedicated the theatre of the city, which has elegant neoclassical features and which can be reached from the Locanda Torriani with a short walk.
Crema, Casalmaggiore, Pizzighettone, Soncino… are only some names of a surprising artistic geography, that the enthusiasts of History and Art must absolutely visit.
Small jewels that strongly proof a past rich in culture.
All around, the green of the countryside shows the rural tradition of the cremonese territory.
Just outside the city, the Parco del Po and the Parco della Golena give the pleasure of exploring the uncontaminated nature under the lee of the rivers.
It is not to underestimate also a trip to the Parco del Po, a relaxing and pleasant tract of trees and glade, followed by the twinkling band of the Grande Fiume.