What is there to see and do in Crema, Italy?
Well, here are a few of my favorites.
Crema, Italy is home to about 35k residents. According to ancient tradition, the town foundation dates back to August 15, 570 and was part of the Republic of Venice as a rural fortress.
Disclaimer: Let’s get this out of the way first: Crema is a very small town and while it was a nice stop if you are having to drive long hours, I would not make a special trip to visit.
The heart of the city is the Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square). If you have seen the movie, Call Me By My Name, this is the square where Armie Hammer and Timothy Chalamet sat and had coffee. The beautiful church is open to the public and it is definitely worth taking a look inside.
I enjoyed a wonderful aperitivo in the square during my stay.
Cathedral of Crema
Check out the majestic and elegant Cathedral of Crema. This church was constructed in 1284 and is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. The interior is large and holds important paintings such as “Christ Appears in San Marco” by Guido Reni.
Admission is free.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 26013 Crema CR, Italy
Arco del Torrazzo
Also located in the Piazza Duomo, the Arco del Torrazzo. This is a monumental city gate honoring the patron saint of Crema, San Pantaleone. It was commissioned in 1525 by the Venetian government and stands tall in the square.
Bondenti Terni De Gregory Palace
Bondenti Terni De Gregory Palace is a grandiose and elegant building and represents the most significant example of Baroque in the city. There is a wall blocking it from the street, but you can see several elliptical windows with the statues of Generosity, Wisdom, and Prosperity set inside. Look for the fourth statue, a woman with a sheep, this one represents the Bondenti family that made its fortune in wool. It is now used as a private residence.
Address: Via Dante Alighieri, 22, 26013 Crema CR, Italy
Chiesa Parrocchiale della Santissima Trinità
The first existence of this church was noted on March 16, 1095, by Pope Urban II. The original building was possibly a monastery. Both the interior and exterior of this building are incredibly ornate. The fabulous baroque architecture will make the visitor stop and stare. The interior is covered in frescoes and intricate details.
Admission is free.
Address: Via XX Settembre, 102, 26013 Crema CR, Italy
Where to Stay
Should you plan to stay overnight in Crema, Italy I cannot speak highly enough of our amazing bed and breakfast. B & B San Clemente is located near Piazza Duomo and offers a direct view on the piazza and the Chiesa Parrocchiale della Santissima Trinità.
Do you have any favorite things from Crema that you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!