The façade of 12th-century Cathedral of Cremona is one of the most important examples of Romanesque art in Europe. Inside, admire important frescoes, the wooden choir, and the large silver and gold altar cross. Climb 502 steps to the top of the iconic bell tower, the tallest premodern building in Italy. Stop before the top to visit the small display--with video--about the clockworks of the tower. Use our Cremona trip itinerary maker to visit Cathedral of Cremona on your trip to Cremona, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Cremona doesn't sound on paper like a city to visit in a country like Italy with so many other cities that have the reputation, but Cremona surprised us and the Torrazzo of Cremona as well! more »
Questa torre, detta il Torrazzo, è il secondo campanile più alto d'Italia e si trova in Piazza del Comune, accanto al Duomo. Costruito tra il 1200 ed il 1300, in stile romanico-gotico, è alto più di 1... more »This tower, called the Torrazzo, is the second tallest bell tower in Italy and is located in the Town Square, next to the Cathedral. Built between 1200 and 1300, in Romanesque-Gothic style, it is more than 112 meters high. From archaeological excavations, it seems that there are also structures below the tower (a cemetery area or Roman structures). On the front of the bell tower you can admire the world's largest astronomical clock, still functioning, illustrating the celestial vault with the zodiac constellations, the months, the phases of the moon, etc. This bell tower houses seven bells, each dedicated to a saint, including St. Omobono, patron of Cremona.; however, they are rarely used, apparently due to problems of instability of the tower. If you want to see Cremona from above, you can climb (paid ticket) to the top of this bell tower. It will definitely be a show, but for us it is a "mission impossible" since the steps are 502.
Imposing and vast, much more than you might reckon for a relatively small city as Cremona. The inside is richly decorated (many reinassance artists contributed to its beautifully preserved frescoes) and the vault awe-inspiring. The church is free to visit - the rest of the complex, for example the bell tower, is not. Don't miss the floor mosaics in the crypt!
This is one of the few places where you can find an astronomical clock. There is some amazing working to make this work. This clock has stairs you can climb to see the clock work. You can also climb higher to get an overview of the city. Would love to come back and explore more of the city.
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