The image of Cremona has always been linked to the musical and luthier tradition. Cremona was the cradle of melodrama and madrigal with Claudio Monteverdi in the second half of the sixteenth century, while in the nineteenth century the lyric found here its paladin in Amilcare Ponchielli . From 500 to 700 the artistic craftsmanship of excellence found a home in this city with the Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù families who created the widest production of string instruments of all time. A model for luthiers of all over the world. The tradition of violinmaking has recently been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Cremona is the city of the violin
Just to quote a few numbers:
157 violin shops
6 bow holders
5 organ shops
a network and a district of Music
500 events a year
What to see in Cremona
A few kilometers from the city center, Agriturismo Cascina Farisengo offers an excellent base for visiting Cremona and its surroundings. Here are some tips on what to do and see in the city of the violin:
The Violin Museum and the Auditorium: located in the heart of Cremona, the Antonio Stradivari Violin Museum is a new museum center aimed at celebrating the string instruments and the tradition of Cremonese violin making. Inaugurated at the end of 2013, it offers innovative multimedia and didactic itineraries telling the story of the violin, the construction systems and the story of the Cremonese violin makers’ families. In addition to the Museum, the Auditorium hosts musical events and concerts in every season. Information on visits and tickets: www.museodelviolino.org
Ponchielli Theater: founded in 1747 when a group of nobles decided to endow Cremona with a public theater, it was called the Nazari theater named after the marquis who wanted its construction. Destroyed by a fire in 1806, it was rebuilt and took the name of Teatro della Concordia. In 1824 it was destroyed by a new fire and then restored in its current form. At the beginning of the twentieth century, it assumed the name of Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli. Information: www.teatroponchielli.it
Stradivari’s House: in Cremona, in Corso Garibaldi at no. 57, which was the home and workshop of Antonio Stradivari from July 4, 1667, the luthier’s marriage date with Francesca Ferraboschi.
Terre Verdiane: just a few minutes from Parma and only 20 minutes from Cascina Farisengo, the Terre Verdiane is an itinerary among the places and memories of the master Giuseppe Verdi, a genius of Italian opera. The birthplace of Verdi is located in Roncole, a hamlet of Busseto, declared a national monument and still open today, while Palazzo Barezzi, in Busseto, is home to the Museum of Memories of the Maestro. Villa Verdi in Sant’Agata, fraction of Villanova sull’Arda, in the province of Piacenza, was then the first goal of the master after each trip to Italy and Europe. Information: www.terreverdiane.com
Museum of Ponchielli: the birthplace of Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886) is in Paderno Ponchielli in the province of Cremona, where today there’s a Museum. Composer of operas, conductor, teacher at the Milan Conservatory, Ponchielli is an important figure of the nineteenth-century musical scene. Apart from personal objects, piano, portraits, autograph scores and professional memories of the Maestro, the museum presents documentation concerning the opera and the figure of Ponchielli: sheet music, historical theatrical representations and posters.
Museum of the Organ Art: about 40 Km from Cremona, Crema is famous for its organ arts, which reached international fame in the nineteenth century and is now the site of courses for the restoration of ancient instruments. The fame of the symbolic instrument of the city is entrusted to the skill of two historical Cremasche realities, the Giovanni Tamburini Organ Factory and the Cavalier Pacifico Inzoli Factory. Crema is also home to Giovanni Bottesini called “the Paganini of Contrabbass”. Information: www.comune.crema.cr.it
Want to get to know the city of Cremona better? Stop a few days to fully enjoy its beauties. We are waiting for you at Cascina Farisengo where you can stay in the silence of the countryside just 6 km from the city center
Tourism in Cremona
District of Music