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Best known as the home of Italy’s most famous violin makers — Stradivarius, Guarneri and Amati – Cremona is still a center for these instruments. The art of violin making was perfected here from the 1500s, before Stradivari's birth. Learn about stringed instruments and the master craftsmen who made them at Museo Stradivaiano, Palazzo Comunale Collezione di Violini Antichi (City Collection of Antique Violins) and at Palazzo Fodri, where a permanent exhibition shows contemporary violin making. Or look into the workshops in the center of the city to see the artists at work. More of Cremona’s history is shown at the Museo Civico, which contains ...

Best known as the home of Italy’s most famous violin makers — Stradivarius, Guarneri and Amati – Cremona is still a center for these instruments. The art of violin making was perfected here from the 1500s, before Stradivari's birth. Learn about stringed instruments and the master craftsmen who made them at Museo Stradivaiano, Palazzo Comunale Collezione di Violini Antichi (City Collection of Antique Violins) and at Palazzo Fodri, where a permanent exhibition shows contemporary violin making. Or look into the workshops in the center of the city to see the artists at work. More of Cremona’s history is shown at the Museo Civico, which contains Roman antiquities and works of art from churches. In the Piazza del Commune, the Romanesque Duomo (cathedral), begun in 1170, preserves some good frescoes and 17th-century Brussels tapestries. Torrazzo, the bell tower beside it, is the tallest pre-modern structure in Italy and holds the world’s largest astronomical clock. Located in the heart of the fertile Po Valley, Cremona is known for its good restaurants and for the products of the local agriculture, especially mustard, cheeses, hams and cured meats and the honey nougat known as torrone.

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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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    Spring and summer; fall is a good time for harvest festivals in the surrounding towns. Winter is often gray and gloomy in the Po Valley.