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Soncino

Rye and canals surround the red brick walls: this is Soncino, a walled village and an oasis of Renaissance beauty in the countryside.

Where
Piazza prof. Ferrari, Soncino (CR)
Contacts
+39 0374 83188
Official site
Infopoint
Infopoint Soncino
Via C. Cattaneo, 1, Soncino (CR)
+39 037484883; +39 037484499

The grandeur of the walls is the first thing visitors notice as they arrive in Soncino (CR). It is the main characteristic of the village.

It already appeared in a fifteenth century drawing and appears well defended by the walls and the fortress in the middle of the Lombardian plains. Restricting the village, they have preserved the old urban layout, standing tall in the countryside stretching over 2km with a series of towers and bastions and three gates. There is no better way to complement a visit than to take a tour of the residence of the Stampa family which was built in 1473 but readapted in the 16th century.

But the rest of the village is also waiting be discovered, with its palaces, churches, courtyards and ancient cloisters. The former Meroni spinning mill stands out, with its eclectic architecture and its high brick chimney looming over the walls, and the Azzanelli palace (from the second half of the 15th century) built by a merchant family enriched with the trade of Pannilana. In the village square there are the municipal buildings: the civic tower, the Palazzo del Podestà, the Palazzo Nuovo and the tower of the hours with the automata, the "matei". Among the most important monuments should not be forgotten the House of printers that collects memories of the ancient Jewish printers and preserves the first complete edition of the Bible (1488).

Outside the walls stands the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the result of the patronage of the Sforza and the Press, which contains many art treasures and bucolic visions.

In short, in a place of ancient marshes, Soncino tries to survive the destruction of the countryside, keeping together its proud features of a walled city and an oasis of beauty. Rye, tree-lined canals, ships continue to surround the bright red of the walls even if the Jewish printers have left.

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Places

Rocca Sforzesca

Built in the 10th century, Rocca Sforzesca is one of the best-preserved traditional examples of military architecture.
  • Art & Culture
Rocca Sforzesca
289 mt

Print Museum

Set up inside the so-called 'Casa degli Stampatori' in Soncino, the museum displays presses, composites and typographic boxes
  • Art & Culture
Print Museum
492 mt

Park North Oglio

  • Parks
Park North Oglio
4.14 km

Padernello Castle

A legend say that Padernello Castel, situated in Borgo San Giacomo (BS), is home for the ghost of a young woman dressed in white wanders.
  • Art & Culture
Padernello Castle
10.37 km

Activities

Flight over Lake Iseo - 20 min.

Flight over Lake Iseo - 20 min.
9.94 km

Flight over Lake Iseo - 60 min.

Flight over Lake Iseo - 60 min.
9.94 km

Where to sleep

MOLINO ANTICO

Soncino
MOLINO ANTICO
538 mt

PEDALI E PETALI BED AND BIKE B&B

Soncino
PEDALI E PETALI BED AND BIKE B&B
538 mt

MADONNINA DELL'OGLIO

Orzinuovi
MADONNINA DELL'OGLIO
2.18 km

GAMBERO

Orzinuovi
GAMBERO
4.62 km

OSTELLO MOLINO DI BASSO

Torre Pallavicina
OSTELLO MOLINO DI BASSO
5.54 km

ORZIHOTEL (MOTEL)

Orzivecchi
ORZIHOTEL (MOTEL)
8.49 km

ORZIHOTEL (MOTEL) DIPENDENZA

Orzivecchi
ORZIHOTEL (MOTEL) DIPENDENZA
8.49 km

CA' DEL FACCO

Salvirola
CA' DEL FACCO
9.35 km

VILLA CERVI

Fiesco
VILLA CERVI
9.85 km

LE CAVETE

Rudiano
LE CAVETE
9.93 km

UP B&B

Offanengo
UP B&B
10.06 km

GASPACIAO

Borgo San Giacomo
GASPACIAO
10.32 km

IL PICCOLO BROLO

Crema
IL PICCOLO BROLO
11.79 km

MULIN VISCONTI

Castelleone
MULIN VISCONTI
11.84 km

B&B EMILIO

Soresina
B&B EMILIO
11.94 km

DUE LANTERNE

Calcio
DUE LANTERNE
12.12 km

LE ZORLESCHE

Camisano
LE ZORLESCHE
12.14 km

B&B FAMILY HOME

Soresina
B&B FAMILY HOME
12.22 km

AGRITURISMO LE GARZIDE

Crema
AGRITURISMO LE GARZIDE
12.24 km

LA BASSA

Soresina
LA BASSA
12.33 km