In the city of Cremona stands the third highest brickwork bell tower in the world. The Torrazzo of Cremona which was built in phases between 1230 and 1309 stands at 111 metres high or as a plaque embedded in the base wall says, 250 arms and 2 ounces, in an ancient measuring system. The bell tower also holds the worlds largest astronomical clock, built in 1583. The exterior, originally painted by Paolo Scazzola in 1483 but later repainted many times, represents the sky with zodiac constellations and the Sun and Moon moving through them.
West of Trentino and Veneto is Lombardy. Cattle are reared on the plains in the central and southern parts of the region and so meat features more in the dishes here, especially veal, a good example being “Ossobuco alla Milanese”. It is hardly surprising that risotto is one of the main dishes of Lombardy as rice grows so well in this region of Italy and rather than pasta, rice is the staple food of Lombardy. Cheese is also a major part of the cuisine of Lombardy and there are several excellent cheeses produced in the area.
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