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Cremona
Birthplace of Agostino Aglio

In November  2007, we stopped in Cremona, in Northern Italy on our way between Venice and Florence. This was in part to retrace the steps of Lionel and Cecily Dibdin in 1933 and in part to explore the birthplace of Agostino Aglio and find out what we could about his life. Sadly they never returned.

We had a friendly reception in the museum and  it was stated that there was a road named after Aglio, but were exactly to find it was unknown.

After a long search, early in the morning,  through many cafes and breadshops it was suggested that the road was somewhere near the cemetery and so on arriving there while there was a large parade outside the main entrance. The police were helpful and somebody instructed us to via Agostino Aglio. 

It has been uncanny that one should be searching for information about an ancestor on what we call All Souls Day but what the Italians call Festivita dei Defuncta, a day on which they remember there relatives.

The Cemetery in Cremona

The offices of the cemetery were open and office staff  busily helping people find graves and information about their relatives.  The response to a request regarding Aglio was for someone to have faxed for me from the archive office, a page giving, in Italian, a short biography from a book ABECEDARIO BIOGRAFICO DEI PITTORI .....by Giuseppe Grasselli    (Alphabetic Biography of Painters, Sculptors and Architects from Cremona 1827 by Giuseppe Grasselli) 

This encouraged further research and much of the information about Agostino Aglio and his family has been found amongst readily available archives.            

The town is relatively understated compared with the likes of Verona, Venice and Florence but for this reason it seemed a very pleasant stopping place with more to it than meets the eye at first sight. The centre of the town has a magnificent Duomo, overlooking a spacious square, a museum and a very well organized cemetery.

Around the Central Market Place

The town takes a pride in it history and relises the fact that Stradivari the famous violin maker came from the the town.

The Aforementioned book by Grasselli is about 300 pages long and contains hundreds of names.