Palazzo Calciati Crotti: a jewel in the heart of Cremona
Palazzo Calciati Crotti was born by the will of Count Cesare Calciati who built the building between 1763 and 1766. The palace, a noble residence that has kept intact the internal decorations, including the furniture, tapestries and furnishings, is located in via Palestro 1, in the heart of the city of Cremona. The history of this building is closely connected to that of the Calciati family who still owns it with the countesses Anna and Giuseppina Calciati Crotti. The building that over the years was gradually enriched with a sumptuous decorative apparatus, with frescoes by painters from the Cremonese school, was expertly restored between 2012 and 2015.
Know the Palace
Following the restoration, the owners decided to enhance the beautiful building, opening it to the public, and they did so by acting on two main tracks: on the one hand, the initiative to open the building for guided tours, making it visitable by reservation; on the other making it a location for weddings, private events, meetings and concerts.
Once you have passed the monumental staircase of honor, the large gallery opens to the walls of which 28 prints of as many European capitals stand out. The ballroom is dominated by two 700th-century Murano glass chandeliers, the century that characterizes the style of all the furnishings, the conversation lounges and the tapestries. Among the curiosities, the chair in the bedroom, on which Mussolini sat in 1923; and an original retractable altar in polychrome marble. Also interesting is the documentary part on display, with the family registers and ledgers. Among the rarities, the original engraving of the "Model City" project created by Count Carlo Crotti in 1844, the subject of an anastatic reprint by Francesco Pagliari. The current conditions of Palazzo Calciati Crotti are the result of a careful restoration followed by Orazio Zanardi Landi, whose name is linked to the Castle of Rivalta in the province of Piacenza and to the circuit of the castles of the Duchy of Parma, Piacenza and Pontremoli.
Guided tours for a minimum of 25 people - Price: € 12,00 per person - by reservation only (cell. +39 338/7314034)