"Cycling in Cremona" Cremona by Nemorino

Cremona Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 105 photos

Home of Monteverdi, Stradivari, Ponchielli

Except for people like me, who immediately think of Monteverdi, the Italian town of Cremona is best known for its long tradition as a violin-making town. It was the home of Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737), maker of the famous Stradivarius violins.

His statue appropriately shows him passing on his violin-making knowledge and skills to the next generation, which is what violin makers have been doing in Cremona for well over four hundred years now.

Cremona is located in the Po Valley about eighty-five kilometers southeast of Milan.

The city of Cremona was officially founded in 218 B.C. and was a flourishing commercial center throughout the time of the Roman Empire.

The cathedral, which they say is one of the "most important examples of Lombardy-Romanesque architecture," was built during the 12th century, as were a number of other buildings that are still standing in Cremona.

I rode around Cremona on a rented bicycle that I had brought with me on the train from Milan, and then cycled from Cremona to Busseto.

Mozart in Cremona

The composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) arrived in Cremona on January 20, 1770, a week before his fourteenth birthday.

He was traveling with his father, Leopold Mozart, and they were on their way from Salzburg to Milan, where Wolfgang in the next two years would compose three operas for the “Regio Ducal Teatro”, which was Milan's opera house at the time.

In Cremona they checked in for one night at an inn called "Colombina" and in the evening they went to the Teatro Nazari, a forerunner of the present-day Teatro Ponchielli, and saw a performance of one of the many operas called "La Clemenza di Tito" -- but not Mozart's own version, of course, because he didn't compose his opera of that name until shortly before his death twenty-one years later.

  • Last visit to Cremona: Mar 2008
  • Intro Updated Dec 28, 2012
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  • alancollins's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Cremona has a lot of history for a small town.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Mar 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Alan, thanks for your visit to my Cremona page.

    • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
      May 17, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      This is in my wish list but I still cannot reach that city! Pity!

  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Looks like an interesting place. We toyed with the idea of going there when we visit Milan at Christmas, but decided we don't have enough time. Irene

  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Hi Don, thanks for the information on Cremona.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    The town is so beautiful and rich in history. I always enjoy the statues and the history that surrounds them, thank you. Lovely page Don!

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    For such a small town, a lot of musical and even political history occurred here.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Jun 20, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      Yes, a lot has happened here. Thanks for your visit to my Cermona page.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Great information on Stradivari.

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Thank you Don for the tour along the Po River! The history was interesting too.

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Thanks, Don.

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    Great Mazzini read of his goal to achieve Italian independence & democratic government. In fact, like the little spots over the big ones whether yes or no locally. After all not that city type but country gal, I guess.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    Hi Don, Nice page, all Italian towns are nice. I think Europe offers fantastic train service and intercountry services. Combined with your bike, you make travel look easy.


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