In this short description we want to propose a unique way to visit Cremona. Cremona is a Lombard town of about 72 000 inhabitants on the border with Emilia Romagna.
THE “NEW MODE” OF DISCOVERY
As soon as we arrived in the city, our idea was to stay in the downtown area and take some pictures of buildings, monuments, and churches. All had to be done from the outside and enter only where it was free.
At one point, while trying to capture the “Torrazzo”, a voice stopped us and told us that the picture would be better if taken from the upstairs office hall. After this sentence, one of us jokingly answered the old man “Why do you have the keys?” And the man proudly said, “Yes, I’m everywhere.” From here the beginning of our trip with Sandrino, which would allow us to see the wonders of Cremona. But do not you think that it was just those notes to all but the unknown ones and that only an old postman like him could have known perfectly.
To photograph the Duomo and the Torrazzo we entered the town hall, a palace of the 1200 built with a typical structure of Lombard broth. The façade of the palace has three horizontal bands represented by the Gothic portico with six pointed arches, the six windows and the line of eaves with arches enclosed by the merlature. Since the 1900s, works have been done that have given the structure the actual appearance. Many paintings from the churches of Cremona are no longer present in the representation rooms.
The “Hidden” Palaces
Out of the town hall, Sandrino wanted to lead us to the discovery of palaces that the common visitor would not notice.
The first building that our guide has visited us is a building of the early 1800s. The façade is in Empire style with numerous bas-reliefs representing the gesture of city-related characters. At present the building is privately owned and it is not always possible to enter. Though he has lost many centuries, many of his works were able to maintain his historical and architectural significance.
THE CHURCH OF SANT’AGATA
The next stop of our tour was the church of Sant’Agata. This church was built with Romanesque architecture which is witnessed by the bell tower, while the central part is the result of a neoclassical change of the original structure. Inside you can see numerous frescoes that represent events of Sant’Agata’s life. These newer paintings covered totally or partially frescoes from the earliest ages.
THE INTERNATIONAL LIUTERIA
The next stage of our improvised tour was a liuteria in which two Japanese guys worked with care, explaining to us what their crafts are. These two guys from the far east, thanks to the teachings of a Lithuanian master, have learned to get the best instruments, according to the Canons of the Stradivarius.
The fact that we had left the car close to the Museum was unusual, our guide insisted that we should at least enter the Museum entrance, one of the attractions of Cremona. Our visit was limited to the atrium of the building and a commemorative plaque near which we have immortalized our guide.
Our guide was an old town in the city that, without asking us anything, has brought us around to discover the beauties of Cremona. Thanks to his postmanship experience, he has turned around many strangers and in a short time. In the end it was useful both to us and to him: we visited a city, he could as he trusted us “to be satisfied for having made a service.” We are left with the promise to return to the warm weather because Cremona still has a lot to show.