Busseto owes its fame to famous composer Giuseppe Verdi, who was born in the hamlet called “Le Roncole” – which was then named “Roncole Verdi” after its illustrious inhabitant – on 10th October 1813. Also writer and journalist Giovannino Guareschi lived here.
Busseto was the capital of the Stato dei Pallavicino (Pallavicino’s State) for a long time and was granted city status by Emperor Charles V in 1533.
The itinerary starts from the house where the Maestro was born in Roncole and ends in Sant’Agata di Villanova sull’Arda, where you can visit his villa.
In Busseto, the tour begins in Piazza Verdi, bordered by the 13th-century fortress – nowadays it houses the Town Hall -, the Teatro Verdi (inaugurated in 1868) and the collegiate church of San Bartolomeo. At number 119 of Via Roma, there is the museum Casa Barezzi, where Verdi’s musical education began and where he first fell in love. The museum displays several exhibits like letters, portraits, documents and posters.
Outside the ancient city wall, you can visit Villa Pallavicino, a 16th-century mansion which nowadays houses the Museo Nazionale “Giuseppe Verdi”. The stable is instead home to the new museum dedicated to Renata Tebaldi, which contains dresses, jewels and other objects owned by the famous soprano.
If you have some time left, don’t miss the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Palazzo del Monte di Pietà (1679-82), seat of the prestigious library “Biblioteca del Monte”, established in 1768.
Source: Parma e provincia Guida Touring Club Italiano
Useful Telephone Numbers
Comune of Busseto: +39 0524/931711
Carabinieri (National Gendarmerie): +39 0524/92215
Busseto Tourist Office: +39 0524/92487