You don’t need to be a music expert to know the name “Stradivari”  (or Stradivarius, its latinized version). Along with his lesser known, but just as talented, Cremonese luthiers colleagues, Amati and Guarneri, he wrote a considerable piece of the history of music. Born around 1644, his family was old Cremona through and through, with deeds signed...

Torrone is a typical Christmas Italian treat, great symbol of the history of Italian cuisine. Festivals of local patrons and sagre are the right moments and places where you can find this traditional cake. Several types of torrone and different fillings attract great eaters but there are events entirely dedicated to this cake: one of the most famou...

We propose 10 good reasons to visit Cremona to help you plan a sojourn to this beautiful province. The city is easy to get around on foot, plus it is surrounded by a suggestive natural landscape and plenty of opportunities to taste its fine cuisine.  Start by visiting the Torrazzo, go to the top and admire the urban skyline from above. Afterwards h...

Taleggio is a cheese with ancient origins, from before the 10th century. Documents dating to the 1200s contain references to its trade and barter, together with other cheeses. Its name is taken from its area of origin, Val Taleggio, in the province of Bergamo, which covers an area of over 80 km2 on the orographic right side of the river Brembo. The...

Florencia Rastelli was mortified. As an expert barista, she had never spilled a single cup of coffee, she said. But last Monday, as she wiped the counter at Chiave di Bacco, the cafe where she works, she knocked over a glass and it shattered loudly on the floor. The customers all stood still, petrified, Ms. Rastelli recalled. “I was like: Of all da...

A Cremona - conosciuta in tutto il mondo per la scuola di liuteria, patrimonio Unesco - all’Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi, sono iniziate il 7 gennaio 2019 le registrazioni per alimentare il database di note della Banca del suono. Un software ideato in Germania è in grado di riprodurre fedelmente la “voce”: - della viola «Stauffer» Girolamo Amati 1615-...

Just two fiddles in a case. That’s how an old friend described the rare Cremonese violins he had just seen on their way from one recital to another. Together, they are worth in the low 8 figures, so I can’t help wondering what their maker, Guarneri del Gesù, a solitary, ailing man who produced relatively few instruments, would have made of the mark...

Music historians have long suspected that the inventors of the violin wanted to imitate the human voice, and a study out on Monday shows how 16th to 18th century luthiers in Italy did it. Researchers at National Taiwan University asked a professional violinist to play 15 antique instruments, including one from 1570 by Andrea Amati, the early 16th-c...

To celebrate the 450° anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi‘s birth, the Italian cities of Cremona, where the famous composer comes from, Mantova and Venice will evoke  Monteverdi’s life and masterpieces within historical palaces, baroque churches and beautiful hidden gardens and courts. In what has been labelled the “year of Monteverdi“, which started...

di Alessandra Troncana   Nel blu, dipinto di blu: su un elicottero low cost. La rivoluzione dell'aeronautica dovrebbe spiccare il volo nel 2016: i motori a turbine tornino in garage, ora si viaggia con quelli a pistoni doppi. Nome in codice: Teps (Twin engine pack system)È il progetto lanciato dalla Robby moto engineering, società di Casalm...