Cremona: city of art and music

Cremona view
Capital of the province in Lombardy, Cremona has more than 72,000 inhabitants and lies in the Po Valley, not far from Cremona Po is known worldwide as the "City of Art and Music".
In addition to the natural wealth of its territory, the province of Cremona distinguishes between cultural destinations in northern Italy for the presence of historic centers of great cultural and artistic activity and a vibrant and growing.
Some of the traditions are still living in Cremona that give luster to the world, the business of shops luthiers continues uninterrupted for several centuries, confirming the capital city of Cremona art of violin making.
Amati, Guarneri and Stradivari's most well-known, are among the families of Cremona province and who have contributed significantly to the history of music, creating some of the tools of highest honor in the world. [...]

Torrazzo: Cremona
Cremona, situated on the left bank of the Po River, is known from afar with its bell towers and in particular for its massive Torrazzo, the highest brick tower in Europe.
Meet in Cremona is extremely enjoyable walk the streets of the old town to see the arcades of the story, squares and numerous features, the shopping streets, the courtyards of splendid palaces, terracotta friezes and imposing churches, a treasure trove of treasures of art.
Getting lost in the alleys, off the beaten path indicated in the maps tourist shops means to meet old world charm, with precious musical instruments hanging by a thread with the scent of freshly applied paint and see work hand gestures that repeat an ancient crafts of the highest level: the construction of stringed instruments.
Let's look deep in the heart of the historic center.
The monumental complex of Piazza of Comune, testifies to the vibrancy and cultural context of municipal policy and is one of the finest examples of Italian medieval town planning.
Duomo: Cremona
Promises on the Cathedral Square, an interesting example of Lombard-Romanesque architecture whose internal documents the extraordinary artistic Cremona who lived between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries with works of the Brothers Fields of Genovesino, Borroni.
Triumphs over all the frieze in fresco in the nave and the counter, depicting the cycle of life of the Virgin and Christ, made by Boccaccio Boccaccino, Gian Francesco Bembo, Altobello Melone, Romanino and Pordenone who brought the Renaissance Cremona at the height of his fullness.
Noteworthy wooden choir of G.M. Platina and The Great Cross, fifteenth-century work of silverware.
Completing the Square, the octagonal Baptistery of 1167, which houses the Museum of Romanesque stones, the Loggia of the Soldiers built in 1292 and in front of the Duomo is the Palazzo Comunale, broletto typical Lombard, eight centuries the seat of the civil administration of the city ​, is home to a priceless collection of masterpieces of the Cremonese violin making, goal of a cosmopolitan audience more and more numerous.
San Sigismondo: Cremona
On the inside so you can admire the masterpieces of the Cremonese school by Andrea Amati Antonio Stradivari.
The musical tradition that has been expressed for centuries, with the composition, the business executive and the construction of stringed instruments is handed down in the International School of Violin making in Palazzo Raimondi, home to the Faculty of Musicology and the Fondazione Walter Stauffer and documented in the Stradivari Museum, a collection of wooden forms, paper models and tools coming directly from the workshop of Antonio Stradivari high.
The name of Stradivari of Cremona is often identifier that remains today the capital of the modern violin making as confirmed not only the musical institutions, but the numerous shops scattered luthier in town and in the province.
The medieval city boasts other major emergencies: the Church of St. Augustine with the facade of the Gothic style with elegant decoration in the late Gothic chapel with frescoes by the school Cavalcabò bembesca and a table of Perugino.
Sant'Abbondio: Cremona
St. Agatha Square is the center of the urban expansion in the Middle Ages was born to stand out from the oldest part of Roman origin, which are squeezed around the Cathedral.
 On the square is the thirteenth-century Palazzo Novigrad and the Church of St. Agatha, with beautiful neoclassical facade of Voghera (1845), which preserves the precious table dedicated to the life of the saint, one of the most important paintings of the thirteenth century in the Po Valley.
As far as the Renaissance period must certainly mention the abbey of St. Sigismund, the most important religious building after the Cathedral.
In a sober exterior conception of the military (is B. Gadio) corresponds to a sumptuous interior and harmonious, high testimony of the Renaissance that he saw Lombard in particular those of C. Boccaccino, brothers Campi and Bernardino Campi .
Santa Margherita e Pelagia: Cremona
In the cloister adjacent noted last supper painted by Thomas Aleni.
By the will of Bianca Maria Visconti, the complex was erected to commemorate the marriage to Francesco Sforza, which took place in 1441.
Another gem is the Renaissance church of Santa Margherita and Pelagia, built in 1547 by M.G. Vida and internally decorated in fresco by Giulio Campi and Antonio.
The church of Sant'Abbondio, with its cloister by Bramante and the interior decorated entirely by G.B. Trotti and Sammachini in the sixteenth century and the nearby Sanctuary of Loreto, a copy of the Holy House of Loreto in 1624.
The church of St. Luke and Temple of the Risen Christ, the work of De Lera built in 1503.
There are many buildings which remind Palazzo Raimondi, already mentioned as the seat of the most important musical institutions, Palace Affaitati headquarters of the two most important cultural institutions in the : the Museum "Ala Ponzone" with the Stradivari Museum and Art Gallery and the State Library and civic Library.

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