Cambridge in the whole world is synonymous with universities, study and knowledge for over 700 years. Cambridge former Roman city, is one of the most beautiful in Britain.
The youngest and most brilliant minds of the nation are ringing the bells of ancient roads on which there are splendid neo-gothic and medieval buildings.
While Oxford has developed many future politicians at the highest level Cambridge owes its reputation for great scholars who have established themselves here while changing with their studies the history of mankind. To name but a few from Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin to Stephen Hawking.
The capital of Cambridgeshire runs along the River Cam and is a major center with Oxford University English, one of the first in the world, which had among its students hundreds of world-class person. In addition to many historic colleges, Cambridge boasts impressive medieval churches, important museums and galleries, large garden areas overlooking the river. The most famous is the miles of riverfront known Backs. Along this impressive stretch you can enjoy breathtaking views of the river facades of six of the finest colleges in the city. The colleges are all over 31, scattered ‘throughout the city.
Founded by the Romans in the first century A.D. as the Camboritum, was conquered in succession by the Angles, the Norwegians and Normans. In 1209, students fled from Oxford where he was on a fearsome clash between universities and citizenship. The first college, which still exists, that of Peterhouse was founded in 1284. Its formation was favored by the presence of many religious orders in Cambridge from Ely. It was Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, who established fact Peterhouse. One of the most beautiful buildings still existing is the chapel of King’s College, begun in 1446 under Henry VII and completed during the reign of Henry VIII. Many colleges were opened after the first over the centuries by kings, queens and leading church figures.
Cambridge currently has a population of about 100.000 inhabitants, and is an easy city to live and to explore on foot or by bicycle. The whole city is an architectural treasure in itself, from Magdalene Bridge, up to the Round Church, one of four surviving medieval churches, dated 1100. The Collegge St John’s and Trinity College are examples of rare beauty, with the last built by Henry VIII from 1546, of which stands a statue in the niche just above the beautiful entrance. The Great Court, which is within walking distance from Trunity is the largest courtyard that contains both Cambridge and beautiful buildings of the fifteenth century. You immediately reach another smaller courtyard, the Neville’s Court and the beautiful Wren Library, built by Christopher Wren at the end of 600.
A place that is definitely worth visiting is the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, which houses works of Greek and Roman art of absolute value as well as some paintings that includes works by Paul Cézanne and Picasso and prints by Rembradt. Its beautiful interior courtyard is the place to take a break and daydream about the past.
Boating (punt or as they call it here) on the River Cam is a fantastic experience to do and When returning behind his suitcase of memories. These boats are kind of barges pushed by a long oar that goes pointing the bottom of the shallow river and then making a paddle for directions (this row is called just punting). You can hire the “punt” at Trinity Punt Hire a Garret Hostel Lane for £ 6 an hour and a deposit of 20. The punting is not easy as it sounds. Who is not sure he can always rent out the rower.
Many scholars, including Italians, arrived in Cambridge for a short time decided to stay and live there. The quality of life and culture in this place is such, that no day passes without major events. The city boasts the largest concentration of Nobel Laureates in the world (89 in all its history against the 29 of Oxford). It is therefore difficult to stumble unknowingly into one of them, in a pub sipping a beer, or restaurant. The colleges of Cambridge have a charm that will lead us to ask many things, and immerse yourself in a good book, like many of those you see on a bench, or in a library, or park. The city is twinned with two other university town Heidelberg in Germany and Szeged in Hungary.
A curiosity, the train station is a bit ‘far from the center. According to legend, this was imposed by the university to prevent easy access to London too, which could distract students and set a bad example.
Cambridge has become over the years a technological edge so that the whole area is considered a kind of European Silicon Valley. If you are visiting the city from mid-April is the end of June to know that in this period the college are often closed to the public.