Away from the violin museum, the luthiers’ studios and the concert hall, Cremona has a lot more to offer, from the lovely Cathedral in the Duomo Piazza to the beautiful frescoed rooms of the Town Hall. There is also the theatre dedicated to Amilcare Ponchielli and built in the XVlll century, the third opera house to be built in Italy which, after it’s rebuild in the 19th century, was named the Ponchielli Theare in honour of the Cremonese operatic composer who wrote his first symphony at the age of ten before moving on to opera. Ponchielli is best known today as the composer of La Giaconda (Dance of the Hours). The lush interior is a scaled down version of Milan's La Scala, its interior in the traditional Italian horseshoe-shape with a large area for stalls, three rows of boxes, circle and gods and traditionally, elegantly decorated with gold and ivory stucco work with the boxes and stage draped with lush red velvet curtains.
If it’s summer there is lots to do on the river, boating, excursions, canoeing etc., and if you have a few days to spare you can rent a floating houseboat and visit nearby towns like Padua or even go right down to Venice.
For an exceptional meal, drive just 5 Km. out of town to one of the Agriturismo establishments where chef Lucca, his brother, their wives and parents run the Lago Scuro. All the food is sourced from their farm, the dairy products, eggs, cheese, milk, yoghurt, meats. sausages, salamis, all vegetables and all saladings,. The quality, the combinations, and the prices are exceptional. http://www.italianways.com/cascina-lago-scuro-and-modern-destiny/
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