What makes Cremona special?
One of the few cities to have preserved the art of violin making in its entirety, Cremona has entirely dedicated itself to the instrument.
The city of Cremona is well known as the home of some of the best violin makers in history. From Antonio Stradivari and Joseph Guarneri to contemporary well-known makers such as Luca Salvadori, Elena Bardella and Luiz Amorim: there is no doubt, that Cremona is a benchmark for the instrumental world. The roots of this violin making tradition can be traced back to 14th century when Italian luthiers were among the very first in Europe to perfect the art of violin making.
In a city renowned for its musical heritage, master violin makers still bow their finest creations today. To this day, skilled artisans here are dedicated to the centuries-old tradition, which has seen more than 3,500 craftsmen deliver masterpieces to an illustrious list of illustrious names – from Paganini to Mozart to Horowitz.
The violin craftsmanship of Cremona was recognized as part of the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2012.
The violin making workshops around the city
The tradition and heritage of violin making still live in the city, luthiers follow the ancient cremonese method of violin making using precious wood, and techniques passed down from generation to generation. As you walk around the city, you will pass by many workshops, sometimes unnoticeable as most of them prefer to work ‘hidden’ across the town.
What better setting for a workshop than the city that’s been producing fine violins for generations? Here are pictures of our makers working in their workshops in Cremona.
Inside the church, you will find many beautiful paintings.
In the heart of the medieval city, the Cremona Cathedral can be found in Piazza del Comune.