Academia Cremonensis
Academia Cremonensis
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
The 'Academia Cremonensis' of Cremona is founded by an expert luthier, a very well known family of bow makers and by an entrepreneur conquered by the art of Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu'. Situated in the splendid and noble Mina Bolzesi palace, in the center of Cremona, the Academia has the objective of setting forth the continuation of the historical Cremonese tradition of lutherie within the confines of a workshop where one can live the secrets of the Grand Masters of the past. The Academia conveys the peculiarity of this craft by way of the construction of instruments and bows according to the guidelines set forth by the works of Masters such as Giovanni Lucchi for bows and Simone Fernando Sacconi for violins.
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Cruiser44640065343
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June 2024 • Family
We had an awesome experience at the violin maker school. We have two string instrument musicians in the family and they loved all of the details revealed during the tour. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone with a serious in the violin and other string instruments
Written 11 June 2024
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101dalmatians
Sacramento, CA9 contributions
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June 2024 • Couples
Our tour was conducted by Giovanni Colonna who is the founder of the academy and master luthier. It was beyond fascinating. If I was younger and had 3 years I'd have signed myself up as a student. It's a must see tour if you're ever here in Cremona. It's fascinating whether you familiar with violins or not. Giovanni is passionate as much as he is knowledgeable about the history and workings of violin making. Just the explanation around acquiring the raw materials/wood leaves a memorable impression. I was fortunate to attend the tour before going to the violin museum as it made the museum experience come alive. I hope my pictures give a hint of what the experience was like. I am a lover of music and opera and this experience was a definitely a "peak" experience.
Written 2 June 2024
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Ulf L
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Oct 2023 • Family
This tour gave us an interesting overview of the violin-making process, along with a lot of background information on the history of the instrument. The tour host was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. He answered all our numerous questions! You could touch all the materials and parts used for building a violin. Check this out if you visit Cremona and are interested in violins.
Written 15 October 2023
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Martyna D.
Vilnius, Lithuania3 contributions
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Nov 2022 • Family
Such a wonderful experience! For me as a violinist the tour was really informative and interesting. There were students making their instruments and the owner of academy answered all our questions. Me and my family had a great time during this private tour and after it while sharing our thoughts. Highly recommend to visit Academia Cremonensis and take a chance to see how the king of all instruments is made.
Written 2 November 2022
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Robert O
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May 2019 • Couples
Even if you don't make violins but like music, this is just a wonderful tour. Our guide whose father started the school was just delightful. There were only three people on the tour, and we were able to see the bow making school as well as the violin making part, and got to talk with the students there. Very highly recommended!
Written 1 June 2019
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Thank you very much for coming and for leaving a so beautiful review. Ciao
Written 17 June 2019
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Willem B
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Nov 2018 • Couples
We had an inspiring guided tour of the Academia. It is an essential combi with a visit to the Violin Museum.
Written 20 November 2018
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Thank you.
Written 29 November 2018
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OFlynns X
Castleknock, Ireland9 contributions
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July 2018 • Family
A real treat!! There is such a difference between seeing ‘how it’s made’ in a museum and actually visiting with real students of the craft, learning/honing their skills as instrument makers and working with such heart and diligence and craftsmanship, in the small quaint rooms of an old palace building ... inspiring at all levels.

It’s like stepping back in time ... the students, with their aprons and well-minded tools, working slowly and methodically under the watchful guide of the master violin maker and master bow maker, the smell of the varnish and of the wood shavings as each new instrument takes shape, all in its own time.

Thank you so much to Marta who so expertly explained the processes of making a violin and a bow to us in English. The short hour with you at the school was wonderful and very much worth the train trip all the way from/to Lake Garda.

Tip ... visit the school first in the morning and then go around the corner to the Museo dei Violini.
Written 18 July 2018
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Thank you for your good words. Ciao. Marta
Written 29 November 2018
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atdancinglawn
Pasadena, CA1 contribution
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May 2018 • Couples
It was our good fortune to visit the Academia Cremonsis in May of 2018. Prior to our visit I enjoyed listening to the violin, but after our visit I appreciated all that goes into making that beautiful sound. Our wonderful guide, Massimo Lucchi knows everything about violin and bow making, and has a most charming and interesting way of teaching. There is no question he cannot answer, and his technical knowledge is immense. It was the highlight of our trip (that included La Scala) to northern Italy. Many thanks Massimo, for everything you did for us, including the tee shirts. I'm enclosing a picture of the grandchildren and grandparents wearing them.
Written 7 July 2018
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Thank you, it was a pleasure for me too. Ciao Massimo
Written 29 November 2018
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,904 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Couples
YOu can learn a lot about the violin and about the violin making process. And where should you learne if not in the city of Amati, Guarneri and Stradivari.
Written 29 October 2017
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Cynthia F
Fair Lawn, NJ3,337 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Couples
Our private tour of the Academia was eye-opening. My conclusion is that the founder of the school figured out a way to capitalize on the Cremona vibe and history to teach others how to make a buck making and selling musical instruments.

There are dozens of violin shops in Cremona. All the ones we passed were closed the weekday that we visited Cremona. I wonder when they are open. I have no idea what the quality of any of these musical instruments is, but I wouldn't be surprised if they sell for higher prices than they are worth simply because they are being sold in Cremona. Buyer beware.

Stradivarius is dead; his secrets are forgotten; Cremona retains little of the charm I expected to experience.
Written 22 October 2017
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I don't agree with this idea of capitalism. I respect your suspect, someone here can think only about money, but a lot of maker think their work as a "missiion" not only a job. Everyone is free to think as he want, but I am sure this town is not only "money oriented". The teaching of Violin Making in the Academia Cremonensis is at a very high level and our students won prizes in external competitions, this is a true fact. We do not sell instruments, the students keep the instruments made during the course, so we have nothing to sell. The commercial part of violin making is not in the Academia Cremonensis, this is only a school, a NON-PROFIT company. I respect your opinion but you can't say somethings that is not true, please be careful and respectful too. And we are ready to demonstrate that the spirit of Stradivari is still alive in a lot of violin makers, maybe you don't met them when you was here in Cremona, but it's real. (Sorry for my bad English)
Written 23 October 2017
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