Cremona: what to see, attractions and places to visit

What to see in Cremona, attractions and places to visit in the city of Lombardy famous for the feast of nougat and the art of violin making.

Attractions Cremona

Cremona, a town nestled in the Po Valley, recognizable from afar by the imposing Torrazzo, the bell tower masonry highest in Italy, symbol of the city. The Po River flowing at its periphery, and irrigates the beautiful countryside cultivated and studded with typical farmhouses, the typical landscape of the Lower Valley.

The city was founded in 218 BC as a Roman colony, an area much favored by the proximity of the river Po, then closer to the city today since flowed to the north, and crossed the street Postojna, the important consular road along which was situated the city. During the twelfth century, the city became a free commune and thanks to trade and control of the great waterway of the Po had a period very prosperous.

They began the three centuries when the city took shape, through the monastic settlements and their reclamation works were built and expanded the important architectural works that we see today in the historic center. When Bianca Maria Visconti brought him the city with her husband Francesco Sforza in 1441, were built beautiful buildings, the school flourished local painting, but above all, as the pride of this city, was born the art of violin making.

Places to visit in Cremona

In the sixteenth century Andrea Amati was the founder of a famous family of luthiers that gave rise to the Violin Making School of Cremona carried on by his nephew Nicholas and, between the end of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, continued and perfected by unsurpassed masters like Giuseppe Guarneri and Antonio Stradivari.

A visit to the city of Cremona allows you to relive the charm of this ancient art through the shops of artisans luthiers that overlook the streets of the center, decorated with one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Italy, Piazza del Comune, overlooked, The Torrazzo, the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Loggia of the Soldiers and the Town Hall.

The Cathedral, built in the twelfth century and enlarged in the transept of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, is one of the most significant examples of Romanesque architecture in Lombardy. The typical sweet of Cremona is the nougat and every year, in November, there is the “Festa del Torrone” with a series of cultural events, food and wine.

Tradition says that during the wedding feast of Francesco Sforza and Bianca Maria Visconti, was served a first version of the nougat of Cremona. One of the highlights of the folk festival is just the reenactment of this marriage.