CREMONA: CITY OF MUSIC.
Cremona is one of the most important music capitals in the world and the unique capital of the art of violin and string making, a title of which the town is really proud especially because, out of all the musical instruments, violin is the one that can best arouse deep emotions. Nowadays. Over two hundred violin makers workshops keep the tradition alive by following the footprints of very well-known Cremonese violin makers such as Antonio Stradivari, the Amati’s end the Guarneri’s. Furthermore, a prestigious international school of violin making prepares every year many students coming from all over the world. Everything in this town talks about violins and music. It is also possible, under previous reservation, to visit come workshoops to witness the process of creating violins.
The new museum of violin has been recently opened. The building is technologically advanced so it is easy to learn anything related to violins and violin making. Also, in the museum, rooms with a special acoustic are available to actually listen to violins playing.
Among its most famous citizens. Cremona likes to remember talented musicians such as Monteverdi and Ponchielli, who contribuited to the start of an important tradition in the music and concerts field, for instance there is the Monteverdi festival.
The history of the Stradivarian Museum began in 1893, the year in which the town of Cremona accepted Giovanni Battista Cerani’s donation of moulds, patterns and various tools that had belonged to Cremonese violin makers, including some of Antonio Stradivari’s.
In 1895 a contribution by Pietro Grulli expanded the first donation, adding four wooden closing clamps of Stradivarian origin.
But the most significant part of the Museum is represented by the artefacts originating from the collection of Ignazio Alessandro Cozio, Count of Salabue.
Born in 1755, he is considered to be the first great violin making scholar.
The current building dates from 1747 when a group of noblemen decided to present the town with a public theatre to replace previous aristocratic theatres. The Cremona architect Giovanni Battista Zaist was put in charge of the project and the theatre was named Nazari, in honour of the Marquis who ordered its construction. It was destroyed by fire in 1806, rebuilt by the architect Luigi Canonica and given the name Concordia Theatre. In 1824 the structure was partly destroyed in another fire and it was renovated to its current appearance, by the architects Faustino Rodi and Luigi Voghera: at the beginning of the XX century it became the Amilcare Ponchielli Theatre, in honour of the great Cremona operatic composer.
Hotels in Cremona
Hotel Continental **** 0372 23131
Hotel Dellearti Design **** 0372 23131
Hotel Impero**** 0372 413013
Hotel Hermes**** 0372 430195 / 452277
Albergo Duomo*** 0372 35242
Hotel Astoria*** 0372 461616
Hotel Cremona*** 0372 32220
Albergo Visconti*** 0372 431891
Albergo del Sole** 0372 435655