Mantua and Cremona

Palazzo Te Mantova Giulio Romano

Cremona and Mantua (Mantova in Italian) are two historic “sister” cities in Southern Lombardy, Northern Italy, about 60 kilometers / 38 miles apart.
The medieval Cremona is best-known as the world’s capital of violin-making and the hometown of several famed luthiers – including Andrea Amati, Nicolò Amati, Giuseppe Guarneri “del Gesù”, and Antonio Stradivari – whose masterpieces are on display in the Museo del Violino (Museum of Violin).
Once the capital of a small yet wealthy duchy ruled by the House of Gonzaga, Mantua is widely considered one of the most exquisite medieval and Renaissance cities in Italy and its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. The many masterpieces of art and architecture in Mantua includes the Palazzo Ducale (with famous frescoes by Mantegna and Pisanello), the Palazzo Te designed and decorated by Giulio Romano, and the Basilica of Sant’Andrea by Giovan Battista Alberti.

Cover image: the 16th-century Palazzo Te in Mantua by Giulio Romano; photo Olga e Zanni


museums in Mantua and Cremona

Archaeological Museum of San Lorenzo, Cremona

Archaeological Museum of San Lorenzo, Cremona

Cremona - via San Lorenzo, 4
closed: Mondays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
The Museo Archeologico San Lorenzo is museum of Roman and Medieval archaeology, located in the Italian town of Cremona, housed in a former Romanesque church
Ducal Palace of Mantua

Ducal Palace of Mantua

Mantova - Piazza Sordello, 40
closed: Mondays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
The Ducal Palace of Mantua (Palazzo Ducale di Mantova) is a monumental complex and a museum in northern Italy, renowned for its paintings by Andrea Mantegna
Palazzo Te – Mantua

Palazzo Te – Mantua

Mantova - viale Te, 13
closed: Monday mornings, and 25 December
Palazzo Te is a museum and a cultural center in Mantua, as well as a masterpiece of Italian High Renaissance art and architecture by Giulio Romano
The Violin Museum, Cremona

The Violin Museum, Cremona

Cremona - piazza Marconi, 5
closed: Mondays, January 1 and December 25
The Violin Museum in Cremona, Italy, is a museum whose collection presents rare stringed instruments by Antonio Stradivari and other famous violinmakers

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