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Busseto is a comune in the province of Parma, in Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italymarker. It became home of the opera composer Giuseppe Verdi when he moved there in 1824.

Main sites

In the town and the local area many sites associated with the life of Verdi can be visited. These include:
Statue of Giuseppe Verdi

Le Roncole

The nearby village of Le Roncolemarker was Verdi's birthplace.

Casa Barezzi

Close by the main square is the home of Antonio Barezzi, the man who supported his early endeavours. He became both Verdi's patron and his father-in-law. In the upstairs lounge, the young Verdi gave his first public performance in 1830 and continued to frequent the house until the death of his benefactor.

Today on display in the house, is the first portrait of Verdi and an oil depicting Barezzi Antonio. Letters of Verdi's are also on display. The Casa Barezzi is the headquarters of the Friends of the Verdi; the organization oversaw the restoration of the building in 1979 and 1998. Since 2001, there is a permanent exhibition of objects and documents related to Verdi and his rerlationship to the Barezzi family.

Churches of Santa Maria degli Angeli and San Michele Arcangelo

Both churches are nearby. This is where Verdi played the organ.

Palazzo Orlandi

This is the house which Verdi bought in 1845. He lived there with Giuseppina Strepponi, not yet his wife, from 1849 to 1851. Verdi composed Luisa Miller, Stiffelio and Rigoletto while living there.

Teatro Giuseppe Verdi

Teatro Verdi interior
The Teatro Giuseppe Verdi is a small 300-seat theatre built by the municipality with Verdi's support, but not with his approval. However, he did donate money for its completion.

Villa Verdi

In the nearby village of Sant'Agata, in the province of Piacenza, is the Villa Verdimarker, the house which he commissioned in 1848 while living in Busseto and where his parents lived until 1851, after which it became Verdi's home for the rest of his life. However, he lived there less frequently after the death of his wife, Giuseppina, in 1897.

Sister cities


  • Associazione Amici di Verdi (ed.), Con Verdi nella sua terra, Busseto, 1997, (in English)
  • Associazione Amici di Verdi, Con Verdi in Casa Barezzi, Busseto, date unknown, (In English, French, and German)
  • Mordacci, Alessandra, An Itinerary of the History and Art in the Places of Verdi, Busseto: Busseto Tourist Office, 2001 (in English)

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