The Palazzo Comunale is located right in the historical center of Cremona. Highlights include the Sala della Giunta and especially the Saletta dei Violini, where some of the world’s most famous violins are on display.
Palazzo Comunale Cremona
Address: Piazza del Comune – Cremona (tel. +39 0372407291). Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00 (Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00). Entrance fee: Free of charge.
History and description
The Palazzo Comunale was built around the 13th century. At the time, it was also called the Palazzo dei Ghibellini. The original structure hardly changed until the 15th century, when the palace was enlarged. This also led to the renovation of several halls.
These halls are graced by decorations added in the 16th century.
What to see
One of the highlights is the Sala della Giunta (“Municipal Hall”), where the original fireplace can still be seen.
The Saletta dei Violini displays all kinds of violins made by famous local instrument makers. Famous violins include the so-called Carlo IX di Francia made by Andrea Amati in 1566 and the Stauffer 1615 made by Antonio and Gerolamo Amati. By Antonio Stradivari, the Cremonese 1715 can be admired.
The Sala degli Alabardieri is graced with late 13th century frescoes. The paintings depict a “Crucifixion”, a “Madonan and Child with Saints”, and a “St. Christopher”.