The Province of Cremona is rich with historic and artistic treasures that allow art and culture fanatics to retrace the stages of its development in history: Medieval-era architecture, churches, piazzas, villas and castles in the alluvial plains.
The city of Cremona is without a doubt the springboard for any tour of the Province.
Begin in Piazza del Comune, a typical Medieval piazza dominated by the city's most important structures: the Duomo, the Baptistery, the Palazzo del Comune with its famous 364-ft Torrazzo - the emblem of the city - and the Loggia dei Militi.
The Fodri and Raimondi Palazzi date from the Renaissance. And the churches of San Sigismondo, San Pietro al Po and Sant'Agostino are all worth a visit.
Cremona also owes its fame to the production of the Stradivarius violin, an art continued today in many artisan workshops and the Scuola Liuteria, the School for Stringed Instruments. The one-of-a-kind Stradivarius Museum hosts a vast collection of instruments and relics from the workshop of the "father of the Stradivarius," Antonio Stradivari.
The image of Cremona has always been linked to the musical tradition of violin making: here born and developed the fundamental canons of opera and madrigal by Claudio Monteverdi in the second half of the sixteenth century, nineteenth century opera found its champion in Amilcare Ponchielli.
From 500 to 700 the artistic craftsmanship of excellence with families Amati (1500- 1600), Stradivari and Guarneri (1600-1700), who created the most prestigious production of stringed instruments of all time, is still seen as a model by violin makers from around the world.
The tradition of "know how luthier", recently recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is renewed with passion and skill in violin making workshops of Cremona, projected on the international markets. The ingenuity and industriousness of this art are appreciated by musicians and fans from all over the world come to Cremona to admire the collections of antique and contemporary instruments of the Violin Museum, not to mention the most important exhibition of contemporary violin making, Mondomusica .
With INSIGHT ITALY TOURS you can visit a violinmaker’s workshop, see how to build a violin, how many and which parts it is composed, what materials are used and what tools and techniques are processed. The workshop looks at the technical aspect of making a violin from the tree to the finished instrument. Last but not least visit a bowmaker’s workshop.
We can arrange tours around Cremona also with visit of artisanal mustard laboratories and nougat, tasting of typical products Cremonese as salami with garlic, provolone cheese, grana padano. 
Unique experience!