Museo Civico Ala Ponzone


Set in the spacious halls of the Palazzo Affaitati, Cremona's finest art gallery houses an exquisite collection of paintings dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The museum's star is a stunning work by Caravaggio, which gets one moodily lit room largely to itself, San Francesco in meditazione (Saint Francis in Meditation). Other pieces from the treasure trove include paintings from Cremona masters such as Boccaccio Boccaccino, Bernardino Gatti and the Campi family (Antonio, Giulio, Vincenzo).

For a bit of levity don't miss the picaresque tavern scenes of Giacomo Cipper (note the drunken lad vomiting in the corner) or whimsical works by Bernardino De Hò (oversized heads and walking dogs included).

There are also a few stringed instruments on the upper floors.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Cremona attractions

1. Chiesa di Sant'Agostino

0.22 MILES

Once inside the 14th-century Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, head for the third chapel on the right, the Cappella Cavalcabò, which features a stunning late…

2. Torrazzo

0.34 MILES

Cremona's 111m-tall torrazzo (bell tower, although 'torrazzo' translates literally as ‘great, fat tower’) is the third tallest brick bell tower in the…

3. Palazzo Comunale

0.35 MILES

The Palazzo Comunale has been home to the city's government for hundreds of years. Begun in the 13th century, its arcaded walkways and courtyards were…

4. Cattedrale di Cremona

0.36 MILES

Welcome to an ecclesial colossus. Cremona’s cathedral started out as a Romanesque basilica, but the simplicity of that style later gave way to an…

5. Piazza del Comune

0.36 MILES

This beautiful, pedestrian-only piazza is considered one of the best-preserved medieval squares in all Italy. To maintain divisions between Church and…

6. Loggia dei Militi

0.38 MILES

A delightful little Gothic gem built in 1292, the Loggia dei Militi was where the captains of the citizen militia would meet.

7. Battistero di Cremona

0.38 MILES

The 12th-century baptistry houses some architectural fragments, including a 12th-century figure of the Archangel Gabriel that once perched on the roof.

8. Museo del Violino

0.46 MILES

Cremona’s history echoes to sound of violins and violin-making, meaning a visit to this relatively new, state-of-the-art museum is practically obligatory…