Travel and Accommodation

Academy Hotel Accommodation and Meals:
The Academy offers hotel accommodation to its participants. Students are staying in a three-star hotel in the heart of Cremona in double or triple occupancy rooms with private bathrooms and air conditioner. Buffet breakfast and lunch are provided. Additional fees apply for single room accommodation. Student Counselors will reside in the Student Hotel and provide assistance to participants (see Admissions Page for more information).

General Accommodation:
The Academy offers accommodation in a four-star hotel in the heart of Cremona to non-active participants, including parents, family members, guests, and participants over 18 years of age at the special Academy rate (see Admission Page for more information).

Sightseeing and Educational Tours:
The Academy offers its participants and guests special day sightseeing tours. This summer we plan to visit the historic Lombardian city of Bergamo.

We are also planning several Education Tours in Cremona. Participants and guests will have a unique opportunity to visit the world-famous Violin Museum of Cremona and explore its wonderful collections of string instruments made by Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati. Participants will be able to visit Consorzio Liutai “Antonio Stradivari” (Consortium of Violin Makers) to be greeted by its members, visit shops of Cremona’s renowned luthiers, learn the secrets of violin and bow making, and play on their instruments.

Travel Arrangements, Airport transportation:
Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and transportation. Airport transportation from and to Milan Malpensa Airport is offered by the Academy by a prior arrangement. Additional fee applies. Please note that an adult must accompany participants under age 12. The following schedule of Airport transfers will be scheduled:

Milan Malpensa – Cremona:

July 10 (Arrival day for three-week program)
July 17 (Arrival day for two-week program)

Departure  approx. 10.30am and 2.00pm
Departure  approx. 10.30am and 2.00pm

Cremona – Milan Malpensa:

July 31 (Departure day)

Departures in the morning

Special Milan Malpensa Airport – Cremona transfer will be scheduled on July 14 for Competition participants attending the two-week program. Departure times are approximately 10.30am and 2.00pm

Medical, Travel, and Musical Instrument Insurance
Participants are expected to arrange their own travel and medical insurance. Academy recommends string and wind players to arrange their own musical instrumental insurance. A photocopy of all insurance documents must be presented to the administration of the Academy by May 1, 2022.

Visa requirements
It is the responsibility of the applicant or parents/legal guardian to verify if a visa is required to visit Italy. As the Academy program is not part of the Italian educational system, only a tourist visa would be required. Please visit this link to verify your citizenship requirements:

Once the applicant is accepted to the program, the Academy will facilitate the process of obtaining official invitation documents through Italian Representatives. They will be issuing three confirmation letters which must be presented at the Italian Consulate by the participant: Invitation letter, Accommodation Declaration stating the place of participant’s staying for the duration of the Academy, and the Certificate of Residency of the Head of the inviting Italian Organization. The fee of 35 euros ($42) for each invitation is charged by the inviting Italian Organization and is payable at the time of application. The Invitation letter along with other documents will be emailed directly to the participant. Originals of all documents will be mailed directly to the participant’s address. An additional fee applies if special DHL delivery is required (see also Admissions Page)

Cremona Academy is strictly adhering to all USA, Italian, and EU governments’ restrictions and recommendations on health. Should there be any regulations limiting the number of Academy attendees OR travel restrictions by May 15, 2022, the current season of the Academy will be canceled.

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