How do you see a walk between music, colors and art? Cremona hides emotions and traditions among the streets to live and tell.
The first time we called it the city? of the details why? visiting the most historic places note, we realized that the secret of their magic was hidden in the details.
This second time for? are we back to appreciate the city? in its entirety and complete the tour by letting ourselves be carried away by the Cremonese streets, above all by the music that was becoming more and more at every street. intense between houses, schools and historic buildings.
We left in the morning at 09.45 and we parked for free after Via Tombino, inside the city, and then from there. we went ahead.
We toured with a map in hand, as it once was, but with a well-traced path to be sure not to miss anything and as a first stop we made the acquaintance of three very impressive historical buildings such as Palazzo Cittanova built in 1265, in which the? City Council met? Nova? at the behest of the popular people who aspired to the medieval expansion of the city? in opposition to the nobles, who were based in the town hall. In the same area, in front of us there was Chiesa Sant? Agata dating back to 1077 but rebuilt in the th century in Romanesque style. Of the old church remains only the bell tower, the most? ancient among the bell towers still existing in the city. Finally, but certainly not least, turning to our right we had the pleasure of discovering the majestic Palazzo Trecchi.
Built in 1496 as the home of the Marquises Trecchi, it hosted? some of the pi? great names in history such as Charles V, Federico Gonzaga, Christina of Denmark, Maximilian of Austria, Cardinal Medici and more? later also Giuseppe Garibaldi and Vittorio Emanuele III. In 1990 it was bought by Dr. Guido Gradellini who transformed it into a reality? pi? dynamic and modern, center of activity? social and cultural as well as ceremonies.
The route followed along the important Corso Garibaldi, where Antonio Stradivari's wedding house was waiting for us.
The house was rented by him after his marriage to Francesca Ferraboschi, as can be seen from the first lines of the historic text? Antonio Stradivari's Wedding House? by Arnaldo Baruzzi? On 4 July 1667 the young Antonio Stradivari contracts marriage with Francesca Ferraboschi in the parish of S. Agata and goes to live in the house owned by Arnaldo Baruzzi? by Francesco Pescaroli ?, a study that traces the life of Stradivari up to the day of the wedding.
Continuing towards the course, we were struck by the set of antiquities? and modernity? that make up the history of Cremona over the years and along Via G. Verdi which leads to the two main squares, we could not help but notice the old Cinema Ugo Tognazzi unfortunately now closed and the post office which in addition to having maintained its authoritativeness, it preserves evident signs of the past.
By now the time for lunch, we had also already? looked for where to take a break and we opted for Toast & Co in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. Since we are never wrong when it comes to food, once again we have hit the mark!
Excellent lunch break with good and cheap toast in a small but nice place a stone's throw from the famous Amilcare Ponchielli Theater in Cremona which was open for? at 16.30.
After recharging our energies, we got back on the road and while we were trying to figure out where to go to reach the last two points of interest, we stopped and realized that we were in front of a lutherie where master craftsmen, young and old, were at ?Opera. Did we already know? this art of which the city? ? invaded, but seeing a young craftsman working to keep the tradition alive fascinated and excited us why? ? important to pass on the art and history of your country.
After this little musical excursus, we resumed the tour, arrived in via Giovan Battista Plasio suddenly, hidden among other buildings, the surprising Church of Sant? Agostino rises.
The entrance is located in Via Breda and as soon as you enter you notice the affinity? with the artistic and cultural history of Cremona. The church was built in 1339 by the Augustinian monks, on the basis of the pre-existing church of San Giacomo in braida, but over time it has undergone great changes and reconstructions. Decorated with a myriad of paintings and frescoes, the parish was a reference point for religious and cultural life. Inside ? present the famous panel with Madonna and Saints by Pietro Vannucci known as Perugino, from the year 1494.
After taking a leap into the past of art, we could not fail to take a leap into the culinary past and? for this reason that as the last stop we have chosen the most? ancient of Cremona: Sperlari.
With the certificate and recognition of? Historical Italian place ?, the shop dates back to 1836, when Enea Sperlari, in possession of the secret of making nougat and mustard handed down to him by the ancient producers, dedicated himself exclusively to the production of specialties? Cremonese and became the first entrepreneur of the city, also conquering overseas markets. The shop located in via Solferino also became a supplier to both Queen Mother Margherita in 1921 and the Prince of Piedmont Umberto in 1929.
After sweetening our hearts, the tour had come to an end, however we felt that something was missing and our hearts brought us back there, where all the magic began in our first trip to Cremona, in the wonderful square that welcomes the majestic
Duomo and its Torrazzo and immediately we went back with the memories and the emotions came alive more? that never.
Cremona? a city? who lives of tradition and? love and? this is why we recommend everyone to visit it and be carried away by the music and art that can be perceived along the streets.
A way to be reborn and understand that the world goes on, but the roots must never be lost.