Went to Cremona to see the violins of Antonio Stradivari. The other main points of interest there was time for was the Cathdral of Cremona, the Baptistry, the town hall and two museums on violins and violin making. Cremona lies a long the Po River and is the local and regional seat of government.
The Cathedral's main facade looks out on one of the more beautiful squares dating back to the middle ages, Piazza del Comune. It dates back to 1107 for its foundations. Next to the Cathedral is an octagonal Baptistry built in 1167 and on the other side the Torrazzo, a crenulated tower standing over 112 Metres tall built in 1276, 3rd tallest brick tower in Europe. It houses the world's largest astronomical clock.
And then the violins. Upstairs in the civic building across the square from the church are housed several violins from well know craftsmen in Cremona over the years. A guard unlocked the door to the room of violins and stood next to us as we looked T them. There were 3 by Antonio Stradivari. No chance of sneaking a photo with such security. Each violin was suspended in a glass case which you could walk around and get up close to.