City of Crema
Crema is a People-Friendly town, where tradition and history meet in a city center full of elegant and graceful shops, boutiques and ateliers. A village characterized by an urban fabric that retains much of its medieval and Renaissance structure. The origins of Crema trace back to the Longobard invasion of the sixth century AD; the name probably derives from the Longobard word "Crem" which means "hill".
Refined religious architectur of an high artistic value
The city tells its story through ancient stones, refined religious architectur, elegant private residences and public villas of an high artistic value. Everything preserves the memory of the ages who have seen the city at the center of important events, from the Byzantine castrum to the free commune, from the Visconti influence to the long Venetian domination.
The city has a fascinating medieval plant, with examples of great architecture (the 'Lombard Gothic' Cathedral, the sixteenth-century Palazzo Comunale with the Torrazzo, the magnificent Basilica of Santa Maria della Croce). A beauty that is found in the details, on the facades and on the sides of the buildings that line the narrow streets of the center, on the ancient pavement…
The “cremasco” kitchen, rooted in the country tradition, is marked by a wide use of barnyard animal such as pigs, goose and ducks. A wide selection of first courses and desserts make Crema’s culinary tradition one of the most valuable and peculiar in Northern Italy. Being able to enjoy the rural landscape that surrounds it, allows to discover a huge variety of nature paths accessible by bicycle or on foot. Crema also has a strong sporty side. In 2016, in fact, it will be European Capital of Sport. A wide range of sport facilities of the town offers several alternatives to satisfy fans of all sports from the most traditional to the most niche.