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Cremona/ Must See

1 Cattedrale di Cremona

2 Piazza del Comune

3 Museo del Violino

4 Museo Civico “Ala Ponzone”

5 Museo Archeologico

6 Teatro Ponchielli

7 Chiesa di san Sigismondo

8 Palazzo Stanga Trecco

9 Botteghe di Liuteria

10 Parco al Po

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According to Mstislav Rostropovich, the violinist Sergej Krylov “is one of the greatest talents of our time”. Krylov is also a beloved adopted son of Cremona, a man wanted by every orchestra in all the world. Born into a family of musicians in Moscow, he moved to Cremona as a teenage prodigy to master his craft under the stewardship of Salvatore Accardo. “Cremona’s secret,” explains Krylov, “is that all musicians feel at home here.” Over to our Cult City Ambassador!

 

I LIKE CREMONA BECAUSE
It’s the global capital of violin making, a city that lives for music and offers so much to music lovers.

A MASTERPIECE NOT TO BE MISSED
The legendary Stradivari 1715, known as the “Cremonese”, which is housed at the Violin Museum. It’s a priceless instrument with exceptional acoustic qualities. On special occasions, internationally renowned soloists are allowed to play it.

A SECRET PLACE
L’Antica Locanda Il Bissone is a really old restaurant and the perfect place to soak up authentic Cremona following a concert. All the great musicians, conductors and singers that have played at the Ponchielli have been there.

THE MUSEUM I’D VISIT 1.000 TIMES
No doubts about it: the Violin Museum. Every time I go, the incredible instruments on display just take my breath away. Now, thanks to the Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi, which is a masterpiece of design and acoustic engineering, the museum has even more to offer.

AN INSTAGRAMMER’S DREAM
Definitely a photo of the Torrazzo, the tallest brick tower in Europe. I’d go for a different kind of image though and take it from the summit 112 metres up, to show Cremona as the eagle sees it.

A WALK WITH FRIENDS
Cremona’s historic centre is the perfect place to catch up with friends, from Via Solferino to Largo Boccaccino, the roads around the Duomo and finally Contrada San Luca, to pay tribute to the genius violin maker at Casa Stradivari, Via Garibaldi 57. It’s a private home now, but you can book visits.

WHERE TO CAPTURE THE SUNSET
If you’re unable – or unwilling – to climb the 502 steps of the Torrazzo and enjoy the breath-taking view of the city, I would advise you to head down to the banks of the Po River to enjoy the last rays of sunlight dancing on the water.

THE TASTIEST DISH
I like “marubini in brodo” – stuffed pasta in broth – but that’s “only” a pasta course. Mostarda candied fruits too. That said, I can never resist another Cremona speciality: salami!

THE BEST PIAZZA FOR APERITIF
Piazza del Comune: every time you go to a different bar, you get a new view of the square. You get the marble glow of the cathedral from the portico of the Bertazzola, while the Loggia del Militi gives you a great view of the perfect lines of the octagonal Baptistry and the circles and ovals of the Duomo’s rose window. The volutes on the side of the tympanum remind me of the F-holes on a violin.

WHERE TO DISCOVER HISTORY
San Sigismondo: it’s packed with 16th-century masterpieces but there’s one fresco featuring a lute. It’s the first-ever depiction of an instrument shaped like a violin – it’s like a birth certificate.

WHERE TO LOOK AT THE FUTURE
Without culture, there is no future. The Teatro Ponchielli is a focal point for opera, dance and classical music. It can be considered a monument to the culture of Cremona and a beacon shining a light towards the future. I hope that it soon becomes the base for a permanent orchestra in the city.

AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED
The Monteverdi Festival. Held in May and June every year, it’s one of the leading events in the world for early and Baroque music. The 2017 edition will be a special year as it marks the 450th anniversary of the great Cremonese composer. A bumper programme of events has been scheduled to celebrate the milestone, with lots of goings-on outside of the usual hours. There’ll even be a musical cruise on the Po River.

A GIANT OF THE PAST
Antonio Stradivari. An absolute genius. He didn’t have the technology that we now do, but used artisanal tools to create violins with exceptional acoustic qualities that have never been equalled. The Polytechnic University of Milan and the University of Pavia have set up research groups at the Violin Museum to find out how he managed it…

A SOUVENIR
If you’re visiting Cremona you have to come back with some nougat from one of the stores around Piazza del Comune. And something that reminds you of the birthplace of the violin! Perhaps a bow… but that could cost you an arm and a leg! There are plenty of lovely souvenirs to pick up in the violin workshops. Head to Consorzio Liutai to organise a visit.

IF IT WERE A SONG
It would be the start of Summer in Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, as performed by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, with a certain Sergej Krylov on the violin.

FOR A ONE-DAY TRIP
Have you ever taken a walk along the Lungo Po? I would heartily recommend it, whether you’re walking or cycling. It’s different depending on the season you choose to go in – I love it during the colder months because the fog makes you feel like you’re on another planet.

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“All musicians feel at home in Cremona. It’s the global capital of violin making, a city that lives for music. Just like me”.
Sergej Krylov
VIOLINIST

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