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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Friday
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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LarryTrock
Lugano, Switzerland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
This is a private school of violin making, where you learn to build violins and bows. The school is open to the tourist.
We learned something new about how to build a violin, on which materials are used for the bow.
In addition, we saw the students at the workbenches while carve precious woods.
Even the kids were fascinated, clear and simple explanations and then smell the wood.
Beautiful!
Thanks Cremona!
Written October 23, 2014
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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 July 7, 2018
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Thank you, it was a pleasure for me too. Ciao Massimo
Written November 29, 2018
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WorkingMum925
London, UK2 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Couples
We went to visit last week and had the most informative and interesting couple of hours. Easy to organise via email. Genuinely warm welcome and we were able ask as many questions as we liked of Lucia, and Giovanni the master violin maker who happened to be there that day, as well as the bow maker. We felt like VIPs. They have an infectious passion for Cremonese violin making. The students are so friendly too. Well worth the €50 for a private show round for my husband and mother and I. There is a good deal in the nearby restaurant too which we enjoyed. Highly recommended!
Written July 25, 2017
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travelnutx4
Los Angeles, CA58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
We made the hour train ride down from Milan for this tour of the school and an explanation of how violins and bows are made. This was the highlight of our trip to Italy. Even for two of us who do not play instruments, we found this incredibly interesting. If you or a family member play a string instrument, email the school to arrange a talk. There were only 8 in our group, so we could ask all kinds of questions.
Written June 23, 2017
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calb0205
East Lansing, MI22 contributions
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Apr 2017 • Couples
My wife and I visited this school as part of a quick one-night detour to Cremona en route from Rome to Venice. I am incredibly glad we did so. You are visiting a working violin/cello and bow-making school. The visit begins with an overview of the work they do and then you get a chance to tour the upstairs, which is where you'll likely see students working on their instruments and bows. If you have even the smallest interest in classical music, then you should definitely consider booking a tour. My wife is an amateur musician and was in seventh heaven. Even I, the non-musician, found the content and experience well worth it. Highly recommended.
Written April 12, 2017
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OFlynns X
Castleknock, Ireland9 contributions
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Jul 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 July 18, 2018
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Thank you for your good words. Ciao. Marta
Written November 29, 2018
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jgolledge
Huntsville, Canada1 contribution
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Jun 2017 • Friends
What an amazing school. I came to this city just to visit but with incredible people and a stunning location with tons of knowledge passed down through generations how can one resist? I will be attending their program and would advise others with a passion for violins to do the same. Stop in and talk to Massimo, Marta, Lucia and others and find out what you are missing. This should be obligatory when visiting Cremona as well as all the other violin related sights and sounds
Written June 23, 2017
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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 June 1, 2019
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Thank you very much for coming and for leaving a so beautiful review. Ciao
Written June 17, 2019
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,902 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 October 29, 2017
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ForestGrove
Forest Grove, OR239 contributions
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Apr 2017 • Couples
My wife and I were the only ones. The guide was tghe head of the school and we took 1 and a half hours and could have stayed longer. This school teaches beginners and veteran makers to craft violins in the Stradivarius method. We were first given a fascinating talk on the woods used, why the were used where, how they were shaped, molded to a pattern and finally assembled. What was glued, what was only fitted. How bows were made and the types. Differences between a $30,000 violin and a $1000 instrument.
Then we went into the actual school and talked with the students, I think they had a total of 10 at that time. Some men, some women, an American, a Japanese, all the world is represented at one time or another. Two were there solely to learn to craft Bows, one had his own shop and was improving his skills, the American quit a high paying job in NYC rat race and sold everything she owned to move to Cremona and learn this art. These people were dedicated and willing to talk. Lunch time approached and we had to depart, the Museum a block away would be fte afternoon.
Written July 10, 2017
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