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    Cremona, Birthplace of the Violin: A Full Day Guided Tour

Cremona, Birthplace of the Violin: A Full Day Guided Tour

  • City: Milan, Cremona
  • Duration: Approximately 8 hours

Cremona, world capital of violin making, will be visited on this private excursion departing from Milan. A local guide will explain the history and origin of these celestial stringed instruments.


Love of music, good food and beautiful things are the characteristics of Cremona, a town in the heart of the Po Valley that is universally considered to be the world capital of stringed-instrument-making. The violin in its modern form was born here in the late XVI century and so was Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737), the supreme and undisputed genius of the luthier's art. During his long life he built approximately 1,200 stringed instruments, some of which have come down to us and are among the most valuable musical treasures on display in the new Violin Museum.

Departing from and returning to your hotel in Milan, first stop on this full day tour is the Violin Museum that opened in mid-September 2013. Here you will meet your local guide and tour this fascinating place dedicated to the origins and history of stringed instruments, with a special emphasis on the technical and acoustic peculiarities of violins. The most important Cremonese violinmaking families are represented here, alongside instruments made by the Amati family, Antonio Stradivari, Ferdinando Gagliano, Giovanni Battista Guadagnini and three generations of the Guarneri family, among others.

The town still supports over 70 violin making workshops and its master luthiers produce more than 1,000 instruments a year, exported everywhere in the world. You will visit one of these shops to see how violins, violas, cellos and double basses are made, today as in the past.

Thanks to the fertile countryside and the particular attention paid to raising high-quality cattle and pigs, Cremona prides itself on the exceptional quality of its cheeses and sausages. You will get the chance to confirm this by having lunch in a local restaurant (those with a sweet tooth won't want to miss trying torrone, the nougat said to be invented here for a Renaissance wedding banquet).

After lunch, you will take a stroll through the cobblestone streets of the historic center, starting from the charming medieval square where Palazzo Comunale is located. Other famous landmarks are the Baptistery, the Cathedral and especially the Torrazzo, one of the tallest bell towers in Europe, at almost 330 feet high.

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# of People Price
2 people $659.00 per person
3 people $462.00 per person
4 people $447.00 per person
5 people $371.00 per person
6 people $311.00 per person
7 people $284.00 per person
8 people $257.00 per person

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Additional Information

The tour includes:

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with English-speaking driver
  • Guided visit of the Violin Museum
  • Visit to a violin making shop
  • Lunch at a local restaurant (included in the total price)
  • Guided tour of Cremona
This tour departs from Milan and its surrounding area ONLY. If your hotel is not located in Milan or on the tour route, extra charges may apply.

Please note that the museum entry fee is NOT included in the tour price.

Sites Included: Violin Museum, Palazzo Comunale, Baptistery, Cathedral and the Torrazzo
  • Museum entrance tickets to be paid on site are approximately 18,00 euro total per person. This is subject to change as each site is independently operated.

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