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

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.

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, ...

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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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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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I wanted to move in...

  • 5 of 5
Oh, to be back in Cremona in the sunshine…

Cremona is a beautiful town, just the right size for a relaxing week – good shops, great restaurants, and well placed for day trips around the region.

And Due Colonne is the perfect place to stay. It’s clean, it’s stylish, and has everything you need to spend a week. There’s a good cooker and a fully equipped kitchen if you want to eat in sometimes, and a good supermarket just round the corner. There’s a washing machine and a *great* shower.

And a balcony! We spent a lot of time on the little balcony outside the bedroom – it’s a real sun trap at the top of the internal stairway. Though you do have to clamber out of the bedroom windows to get to it, which I suspect is why it’s not mentioned on the website! It’s really not hard to climb in and out, as the windows are low, and it makes a perfect spot to read a book and drink a beer.

The wifi was a bit flaky when we were there, appearing and disappearing with no apparent pattern. If you really need to get online a lot it might be worth trying the fixed line.

Really, this is a perfect, secure and delightful little spot – recommended.
  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your feedback! I am glad you enjoyed Cremona and our little apartment nestled in the historic district. As you pointed out, we have not advertised the balcony because there is not a full door to access it, but only a window. Good to hear that you were still able to enjoy it! Sorry about the Internet connection. This is the first time we hear about the problem and we are going to look into that immediately. We certainly want our guests to be able to plan their trips in the surrounding countryside! We hope to see you soon!
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Most charming apartment all over the town!!

  • 5 of 5
Person in party: 3 adults.

We went to Cremona for the Mondomusica 2013 as exhibitors and were really enthusiastic about the apartment. We had enough space for three persons, everything we need for the stay: towels, bedclothes, dishes.. Even a washing maschine!
And the air conditioner was the top as it was really hot outside every night! Everything was incredibly clean.

The apartment is at the middle of the town. In the basement is a bakery, so every morning started with a fantastic aroma of freshly baked rolls.

To make it short: we really enjoyed the few days at the apartment! :-) Thank you very much for the stay, the very nice communication and your help.
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the feedback! I am so happy you were able to enjoy one of the many festivals that Cremona has to offer. In terms of the apartment, your feedback fits with the experience that many others have had in the past. We truly hope to see you again in the 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

Availability & Rates

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Cremona Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
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:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Elevator
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Sofa Bed
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
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:
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • water tubing
  • freshwater fishing
Notes:
iron and board
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