'DUE COLONNE' OF CREMONA; AN UNDISCOVERED ITALIAN TOWN

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'DUE COLONNE' OF CREMONA; AN UNDISCOVERED ITALIAN TOWN

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Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Due Colonne is located on the corso, the shopping district in downtown Cremona. Steps from one of the most beautiful piazza in Italy, you will see the Torrazzo, the tallest brick bell tower in all of Europe.

Nestled on a cobble-stoned street, above a panetteria (bread store), this is a place for those that have already experienced Italy’s well-known destinations and want to live in a classic undiscovered Italian town away from the crowds of tourists.

If you saw the film The Red Violin, the opening scenes were filmed in Cremona, the “birth place of the violin. Visit the Cremonese (the 1721 Stradivari located in the Commune), check out the Stradivari museum, stroll the corso, enjoy the opera at the Ponchielli, or simply sit and sip a cappuccino in the piazza.

Due Colonne is in a renovated (2005) building in the historic district of Cremona. Comfortably sleeping four, this one-bedroom, smoke-free loft with cathedral ceilings is steps from an urban grocery store, a fresh fish market, wonderful restaurants, and all of the gelataria that you will need.

Your apartment in Cremona is centrally located to many other wonderful destinations in northern Italy: In about one hour you can tour: Milano, Verona, Parma, Mantova, Lago di Garda, Castell’Arquato (a quaint medieval town), Wine regions, The Alps and others.

In about two hours you can reach: Lago di Como and Bellagio, Torino (home of the 2006 Winter Olympics), Bologna, The Seas (Adriatic and Ligure) among other sites. Venice is only three and a half hours away!

Due Colonne is well situated for those coming without a car. Interntional flights arrive at Milan Malpensa, which is one hour by (very frequent) bus to Milan Central Station, from which trains take about 75 minutes to reach Cremona.

Cremona itself has an excellent urban transport system, and from the train station Milan, Piacenza, Fidenza, Crema, Lodi, Parma, Mantua and Brescia can be reached directly in about an hour or under, with Modena, Pavia, Bergamo and Bolgna taking somewhat longer. Many other places can be reached by train with connections.

If you plan to arrive by car, please research and understand the laws regarding driving in Italy and obey all signs that limit the traffic in the historic downtown. The sign may say, Zona Traffico Limitato. If you pass on a street with this sign, a photo of the license plate will be taken and you will eventually receive a fine in the mail. Once you do arrive at Due Colonne, my parents will show you where you can park nearby for free.

See the links section for two car rental agencies within walking distance from the condo.

25% discount on rentals of 4 weeks and more effective October 1, 2013.

10% discount for booking 6 months or more ahead of arrival for a stay of 1 week minimum.

15% discount for booking 2 weeks prior to arrival.

Only one discount per booking.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Owner
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About The Owner

Mark and I have long thought about buying property in Italy and we finally purchased this wonderful condo in 2005. We always wanted to by a place that we would be proud to live in and we wanted it to be in the historic district of downtown Cremona.

The Owner purchased this condo in 2005

Why The Owner chose Cremona

I grew up in Cremona and moved abroad when I was 24 years old. After I left Cremona I realized what a wonderful city it is and how it offers the best of the Italian way of life, 'la dolce vita'. My family continues to live in Cremona and my parents are the ones who greet our guests upon arrival.

What makes this condo unique

We enjoy slow strolls through the 'corso', beautiful architecture, wonderful Italian food, rhythms of Italian life, outdoor markets, history everywhere you look, waking up to the sound of the bells of the 'Torrazzo', cappuccino, espresso, and gelato, beautiful store windows with the latest fashion design, smells of freshly baked breads, ...

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Marco,



As a child my husband played the violin and always wanted to hear the sound

of a Stradivari, so Cremona was on our list to visit.



What wonderful surprises awaited us. We were warmly received by your

parents who showed us around your spotlessly clean, centrally located

apartment.



The kitchen, while small, was fully equipped for us to cook dinner every night.

The bedroom, which is in the loft, is a good size, has a firm mattress, nice

linens and excellent bedside lighting. The bathroom has a shower which is

the best we have ever had in an Italian apartment. The full sized clothes

washing machine was more than we expected. The livingroom, too, was very

comfortable and contained a good selection of travel information and books.

The information book you provided your guests was detailed, thorough and

essential to live comfortable both in the apartment and the town itself.



We had planned to visit other cities during our week but with all the

information you and the tourist board offered us, we spent all our time in

Cremona.



It is a wonderful civilized town that has magnificent churches, piazzas,

beautiful parks, museums, upscale shopping and great street markets. The

town is alive with people who enjoy life and all Cremona has to offer.



For anyone interested in hearing the Stradivari being played by a maestro, a

visit to the audition is a lifetime experience.



Between the comfort of the apartment and the charm of the town, we had a

memorable week.



Kindest regards
May 2009
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'Due Colonne' of Cremona; an Undiscovered Italian Town
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Montrose, Colorado, USA
5

Great hosts, great apartment, great town!

  • 5 of 5
Due Colonne is indeed a wonderful place to stay. We were there for a week in May. The photos on the website represent the apartment perfectly, and Marco and his parents were enthusiastic hosts and very easy to deal with. Like others, we really appreciated the washing machine! The building was very quiet; there was some occasional noise from the bar at the corner when we had the windows open in the evening.

We had a memorable meal (very reasonably priced, we thought) at Hosteria 700 in Piazza Gallina and enjoyed a pizza at Pomorodo, just across the street from the apartment. Good lunch places are the cafeteria 44 Piatti at Via Torriani 11 (thanks, Lonely Planet) and Piadineria on Via Platina (Rough Guide). Another piadineria is near the west end of Corso Vittoria Emanuele. Our favorite prosecco stop was Gelateria Pierrot (great gelato, too!). Also check out Gelateria Principe at the east end of Viale Trento e Trieste. A third good one is Casa del Gelato, Corso V. Emanuele 59/61.

We were lucky to hear a concert at Teatro Ponchielli: Kurt Masur conducting an orchestra of young Italian conservatory-trained musicians who were fabulous. The audience even demanded an encore. Hearing the "Cremonese" Stradivarius played was also a treat.

On our seventh trip to Italy, we finally made it to Cremona and are so glad we did! We would love to return.
  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2008
  • Stayed: May 2008
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
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5 stars in all categories

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I spent a week in this wonderful condo and we can report that it gets a five star rating in every category. Its location is adjacent to the main walking street, on top of a bakery and opposite a moderately-priced pizza restaurant. The grocery store is a block away and the main piazza is just another two blocks beyond that. Even the Stradivarius violin museum is within easy walking distance. So it is not necessary to rent a car to see all of the key sights in Cremona.

The Due Colenne apartment is beautifully designed and newly constructed on two levels with a two story living room and adjoining dining area, a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious sleeping loft. There is every possible kind of household equipment except a clothes dryer. Italian custom is to dry clothes in the open air and fortunately there is a sheltered balcony outside the bedroom window where you can put the drying rack in a warm and sunny area. When we arrived the apartment was spotlessly clean and fully supplied with adequate towels and bedding. There is a modern central air conditioning system with a remote control that allows you to dial in exactly the temperature you want. (The 22 degree Celsius setting was just right for us.)

A bit of a surprise for us was how much we fell in love with the town of Cremona. The local people treat each other like family. This starts with a warm "buon giorno" zat the Caffe Torino around the corner from the apartment (after the third morning, they treated us like family too). Then, during the day people congregate in groups on street corners, children play on the sidewalks and musicians practice their instruments. In the evening, friends congregate in the shadow of the Duomo sitting at little tables on the beautiful piazza eating tiny little sandwiches and sipping an orange drink called "aperol spriz". Virtually no one in Cremona speaks English, so this is the ideal place to learn Italian. You are forced to speak the few Italian words you know and the native population is delighted when you do this.

Our only complaint with Cremona was that the local internet company had periodic service breakdowns. The wifi system within the apartment functioned well and we had a five bar level throughout the apartment, but the internet company that connected to the building became hopelessly sluggish during periods of high activity. We had to wait until late night or early morning to send and receive photos.
  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful and prompt review! We particular love to hear about the friendliness you discovered in the people of Cremona! Many people fall in love with Cremona for its people and its beauty! Even folks that travel to visit other sites nearby return to Cremona happy to be back in its wonderful piazzas, feeling like they are returning home!

Also, it is truly an Italian city without the numbers of tourists one experiences elsewhere. . . a place to learn the language and the culture!!
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I had the best time at Due Colonne.

  • 5 of 5
My two teenage children and I spent the first two weeks of August at Due Colonne. We were in Cremona for a music program. The location of this apartment cannot be better: it is right in the center of the town, 1-2 minutes walking distance from the Duomo and all main attractions, including the tourist information center. The building is on the corner of a very small quiet street and a bigger street filled with nice shops and restaurants. A good size supermarket is also 1 minute away; I would say it's almost across the street. Both streets are clean, pretty and very pleasant, just like everything around it. There is never much noise and the apartment is very calm. There is an elevator in the building which makes it very easy to bring up the luggage to the second (actually third) floor. The apartment itself was absolutely spotless: I wiped some crumbs on the floor once with a damp white paper towel and the towel stayed white. All the bed linens, bath towels, rugs, furniture were also immaculately clean, fresh and looked like new. The beds, one upstairs and the unfolding couch, were comfortable to sleep on. The couch unfolds effortlessly. All appliances (the air conditioner, the laundry machine, the refrigerator, the iron, etc), the Internet, the shower, all faucets worked perfectly, we haven't had problems with anything. The air conditioner was just great - powerful and quiet. The el. plugs are conveniently located upstairs and downstairs. There is a nice walk-in closet in the upper level. The apartment is modern, tasteful and has some chic. The whole set up is very professional: we found absolutely everything we needed in the apartment, from cleaning supplies and tools to books about Italy and maps of Cremona. I also have to mention Marco's parents who gave us the keys. They are the sweetest people. In addition, it was very easy to communicate with Marco, he always answered promptly and never made me wait for his reply. The payment method was also easy and straightforward. We were in love with this place and definitely will be back. And I would gladly recommend it to others.
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this wonderful and detailed review! My parents in particular are always happy to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay, found everything clean and in order, and enjoyed the beautiful location in downtown Cremona!
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Charming, Comfortable . . . .

  • 5 of 5
We had a lovely 12-day stay at Due Colonne in April and are inspired to wax poetic about the apartment and Cremona . . . but reading through the enthusiastic reviews of others, it's hard to find anything new to add. We agree with all of the positive comments, and happily attest that it's all true! This is a lovely apartment, nicely furnished and fully equipped for comfortable living. We especially appreciated the information booklet -- a multi-page three-ring binder full of useful information answering almost any question you could have, from living in the apartment (how to operate the washing machine, recycling and trash disposal, shopping for food, location of fuse boxes, etc.) to enjoying Cremona (where to get the best gelato, how to call a taxi, etc.) This is wonderful! Bravo, Marco!

Cremona is a charming town, easy to walk around (but watch out for bicyclers) and obviously much loved by the residents, who turn out in great numbers for the evening promenade. The town exudes music -- almost every child older than the stroller set carries a musical instrument case and sounds of practicing emanate from windows as you walk down the street. In addition to the Violin Museum, which has frequent concerts, we often found concerts in free public venues, such as the Duomo and nearby piazza.

We really enjoyed Cremona -- the people, noteworthy art, music, history -- and the easy access to nearby towns of interest. And there's no better place to see it all from than Due Colonne.
  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your beautifully written review! It was very thorough and even taught me about something I hadn't yet known. I know the violin museum is new, but I didn't know that they have regular concerts there! This is something we will share with perspective renters in the future. Thank you again and we are very happy that you enjoyed Due Colonne and Cremona so much!
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5
Unlike many other reviewers who used the apartment as a headquarters to visit various locations in northern Italy, we mostly stuck close to home during the week we spent there. The apartment was really comfortable for us.
Everything you eat/drink in Italy is amazing, of course, and it was fun for us to be able to both eat in and eat out. It was nice to be able to fix breakfast and snacks at home. The bakery downstairs is amazing - we loved going down for baked goods in the morning. There's also a Carrefours grocery store right around the corner. All the restaurants we visited were great, and not expensive at all!
Cremonese hospitality at its finest...
  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. As you mentioned, many people spend their entire vacation in Cremona, as the city offers a unique real-Italian-life experience. We are glad you enjoyed the apartment and we are looking forward to seeing you in the future!
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5

Absolutely Perfect!!

  • 5 of 5
The apartment is in the heart of Cremona's Downtown area along the cobble stone streets. I was a solo traveler and felt very safe, even after dark, as there were always families or groups of friends strolling the town. Marco's parents who greeted me at the train station and gave me a lay of the land were so lovely and accommodating. After a long day of travel, the plush loft bed was so comfortable. I also loved the roofdeck patio with a beautiful view of the Terrazzo all lit up from the Piazza just a block away.

The apartment is super clean, modern, light filled and quiet. Even better than the photos show on the website and very spacious! Big windows to let in fresh air and a huge walk in closet to hang your clothes and hide away your suitcase. I appreciated the excellent air conditioner as I was there in the middle of the summer. Washing machine and a hair dryer was a plus! Wifi is helpful so you can check train schedules, etc. There is a full eat in kitchen that I cooked meals in many nights with fresh local ingredients from the markets and local fish store.

This accommodation was 100% more modern and clean than any of the hotels I walked by in town.

Location-perfectly located in the city amongst restaurants, cafés, pizzerias, gelaterias, shops, ATM's, Internet cafes and the local grocery store. Only 15 minute stroll to the train station.

Day trips-Parma, Como/Bellagio, Venice, Milan, Verona, Lake Garda

Must see/do-Climb the Terrazzo-beautiful views, the bakery on the ground floor of the building for bread and pastries, Bistro Pierrot for cappuccino, aperitivo and gelato (one day I went here 3 times), Hosteria 700 for risotto, outdoor market days-go early

Overall, I loved this apartment-BEST vacation rental I have stayed in and Cremona has so much to offer for travelers who want to experience a less touristy Italy or a central location for endless day trips.

The owners were wonderful to deal with and I can't wait to stay here again!
  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! Your description of the property and Cremona is what many other travelers have experienced. We are so glad we could make your stay memorable! We will be more than happy to host you again in the near future!
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Milano Linate
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Cremona Train Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
A21 Piacenza-Brescia
Car: not necessary

In addition there are many opportunities for research, including the Biblioteca Statale and the Archives both of which are of high quality, open long hours, and with lots of stock

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Availability & Rates

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Cremona Condo Rental Rates

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High Season
Apr 1 - Sep 29
3 night minimum stay
$115
$735
$2,850
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$105
$665
$2,550
 

Additional information about rental rates

Taxes, cleaning, laundry $128
Notes 25% discount on rentals of 4 weeks and more effective October 1, 2013.
10% discount for booking 6 months or more ahead of arrival.
15% discount for booking 2 weeks prior to arrival.
Only one discount per booking.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Cremona Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Queen size sleep sofa (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes:
iron and board
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