Unfolding along the Po river bank, right in the middle of the Po valley, since its foundation Cremona has always been at the centre of commercial and economic exchanges. Its ancient history is testified to by the important historical and artistic traces that can be discovered on foot around the city, between churches and palaces from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Many of these architectural jewels date back to the domination of Bianca Maria Visconti and Francesco Sforza. In the 16th century began in Cremona the tradition of lutherie with Andrea Amati, then perfected by Antonio Stradivari, to continue in the hands of top-class luthiers today. The ties that bind Cremona to bowed string instruments are very strong, as proven by the over 130 luthier workshops in the city centre and the recent inclusion of the luthier’s know-how in the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. The Museo del Violino has been opened just recently to the public.