County town and an agricultural centre of notable importance with a significant industrial presence, Cremona was a colony founded by the Romans in 218 BC; the town preserves the Roman urban aspect in the grid layout of the streets in the centre. In the clash between the Empire and the Municipalities, it allied itself, alongside Lodi and Pavia, with Barbarossa. Subsequently it joined the first Lombardy League. After the death of Federico II the town passed under various authorities until the domination by the Duke of Milan prevailed. Despite its painful history, Cremona reveals, especially in the 1400s and 1500s, a firm artistic identity and a strong symbolic autonomy. Its fame is linked to the monumental historical centre, a superb concentration of medieval buildings around the Piazza del Comune, a public civic and religious space. The principal buildings around one of the most beautiful medieval piazzas in Italy are the Torrazzo, the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Loggia dei Militi and the Palazzo del Comune.One cannot talk about Cremona without mentioning the ancient art of violin making which attained absolute perfection with A. Stradivari. Many masters of instrument making still study at the famous Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria.
Local dishes: "Marubéen" (a type of filled pasta) in broth, a classic first course from Cremona, that dates back many years.
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