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Birthplace of the Maestro

house of roncole

The house at Roncole Verdi, near Busseto, in which Giuseppe Verdi was born on October 10, 1813, was a modest country building two hundred years ago, situated in area that today, as it did then, consists of few houses and good land. In the building, which was also used for the collection and distribution of the mail, Verdi's father ran a tavern and general store and his mother was a spinner. Verdi's family was one of small property owners but they were not illiterate, in fact, very often they would read letters to those who were not able to do so themselves.


Today, after having been restored, the house has become an innovative multimedia museum where visitors can wander freely from room to room with the help of a tablet and a pair of headphones which make the tour exciting and very informative in regards to the life of this great Maestro.  The voice that guides visitors from room to room is of Giuseppe Verdi as a child.  By touching certain points on the screen it is possible to read interesting ethnographic notes or watch brief videos with historical reconstructions set in the house itself.  On some walls in the museum there are images projected which add life to the space much like a shadow puppet show.


Innovative technologies are used: from binaural sound, which reproduces sounds in 3D, to video mapping, thanks to which the projections throughout the house interact with real objects.

 

This house should be considered as a stop not to be missed on a Verdi itinerary which includes various historical buildings such as Casa Barezzi, where Verdi got more passionate about music and married Margherita Barezzi, and finally to Villa Verdi in Sant'Agata di Villanova in the province of Piacenza.

Roncole di Busseto (PR)
Via Verdi, 1
Telephone: 0524.97450

For information and tours:
Busseto Tourist Information Office

Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, 10
43011 Busseto (PR)
Tel +39 0524.92487

 

Parma Official Tourist Site

Casa Barezzi

barezzi house

A marble and bronze plaque on the front of the House Barezzi, in Busseto, remembers Antonio Barezzi with the words of Arrigo Boito (1913). The first public performance of the young Verdi in 1830 had the salon of Casa Barezzi - home of the Busseto Philharmonic founded in 1826 by Barezzi and Provesi. Verdi lived for a number of years in the house of his rich benefactor which allowed him, among other things, to undertake the study of music with Maestro Vincenzo Lavigna in Milan and marry his daughter.

 

Numerous Verdi curios can be found including the Viennese Tomaschek piano on which the Maestro composed "I Due Foscari" and which he played during the last moments of Barezzi's life (1869), an oil painting of Barezzi, the first portrait of the young Verdi in charcoal, signed letters and the patriotic appeal of 1859. The record collection of Antony Rocco Schipper-Suppa containing over 3,000 disks and 500 works is also housed there.

 

The rooms adjacent to the halls houses the permanent Stefanini collection which is rich in signatures, original images of the Maestro and his 19th century performers. The visitor will also find documents relative to Verdi celebrations in Busseto from the opening of the Verdi Theatre (1868) to the presence of Toscanini in "La Traviata" (1913) and “Falstaff” (1926).


Casa Barezzi
Via Roma, 119
43011 Busseto (PR)

For information and tours:
Busseto Tourist Information Office

Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, 10
43011 Busseto (PR)
Tel +39 0524.92487


Parma Official Tourist Site

Palazzo Orlandi

orlandi palace

Again in Busseto, there is Palazzo Orlandi. The building was constructed with neoclassical forms by the architect and painter from Busseto G. Cavalli, to whom the decoration of the salon is also attributed. Verdi purchased it on sight from the proceeds of his own fortune in 1845 and lived there from 1849 to 1851 with Giuseppina Strepponi causing quite the scandal among the high society.

It was here that Verdi composed the opera "Luisa Miller", "Stiffelio" and "Rigoletto". In January 1867 Carlo Verdi died there. This house was sold by Verdi to Giuseppina Strepponi who then quickly sold it herself, giving all the proceeds to a shelter for poor people in Busseto.

Nowadays the apartment, which is privately owned, is not accessible to the public.

Palazzo Orlandi Via Roma, 56
Busseto (PR)
Telephone 0524. 92487

For information and tours:
Busseto Tourist Information Office

Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, 10
43011 Busseto (PR)
Tel +39 0524.92487

 

Parma Official Tourist Site

Last modified Jan 10, 2017

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