Cremona for Music Lovers
Cremona ItalyThe important market town of Cremona is around 80km from Lake Garda and has a strong musical inheritance. It was the birthplace of composer Claudio Monteverdi in 1567 and it was where the first ever violins were made in the 16th century. The most famous violin-maker of all, Antonio Stradivari, had his workshop in Cremona and produced his now highly sought-after Stradivarius violins. Those who appreciate music and the history of music will find plenty to enjoy in this lovely city. It hosts many ensembles of Renaissance and Baroque music and several music festivals throughout the year making Cremona one of the most important towns in Italy for its music.
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The Stradivarius Museum Cremona ItalyThe Museo Stradivarius is an interesting and unusual attraction. It has a collection of drawings, models and violins made by Stradivarius himself. There is also a beautiful bronze statue of the violin maker in Stradivari Square. The Amati family and the Guarneri workshops also produced stringed instruments of the finest quality and this traditional art continues in Cremona today.
Other Sights in Cremona ItalyOther places to visit in Cremona include the magnificent Duomo, built in Romanesque-Gothic style between 1107 and 1332. Nearby is the impressive Torazzo Tower which stands 112m (367 feet) high and pierces the skyline. It is the second highest brickwork bell tower in Europe, after the Landshut Cathedral Tower in Bavaria. Its height is noted on a plaque at the base of the tower which pronounces it to be 250 arms and 2 ounces high! Look for the 15th century astronomical clock which adorns the tower wall. It shows the zodiac constellations with the sun and moon moving between them. It is the largest astronomical clock in the world, making the Torazzo pretty special to see. The octagonal Baptistery also stands nearby and is one of the most notable sites for Gothic art in northern Italy.
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