CLUB DEI 27
THIS ASSOCIATION WAS FOUNDED IN THE FIRST HALF
OF THE 1950S IN A CAFE IN THE CENTRE OF
PARMA, POPULAR WITH
TEATRO REGIO GOERS. IN THE 1970S THE ASSOCIATION
CREATED A SET OF BY-LAWS,
THE OBJECT BEING TO ‘HONOUR THE MEMORY
OF COMPOSER GIUSEPPE VERDI, AS
ONE OF THE GREATEST MUSICAL GENIUSES
OF ALL TIME, AND TO WORK TO RAISE AWARENESS
AND APPRECIATION OF VERDI AND HIS WORK,
ESPECIALLY AMONGST THE YOUNGER
GENERATIONS BY MEANS OF ALL INITIATIVES
THIS PURPOSE’. THE CLUB
HAD TWENTY-SEVEN MEMBERS EACH OF WHOM REPRESENTED
ONE OF THE COMPOSER’S WORKS.
Before setting off to explore the homeland of the great composer Giuseppe Verdi you should listen to one of his most famous arias. We recommend the classic Và pensiero sull’ali dorate taken from Nabucco. Now, inspired by this famous melody, set off from Fidenza station to explore Verdi’s birthplace and the places associated with key moments in his life. The 41.5 km of the circuit you are about to set off on features the typical flat landscape of the Piacenza plains which changes colour with every turn of season in the agricultural cycle. As soon as you get out of the city centre you will see plains in every direction. Cycle in the direction of Castione Marchesi, the first point of interest on our country excursion, and upon entering the village the first thing you’ll come across is Santa Maria Assunta’s Church.
If you had set off before 1325 you’d also have seen the village’s medieval castle which the town is named after, the well-known Castel Leone, but the many ups and downs that mark its history mean that all that remains of it now is what you see today. Get back on the saddle and continue through Semoriva all the way to Busseto, a historic town dating back to the 12th century and Giuseppe Verdi’s homeland. Its picturesque 13th century fortress, residence of the Pallavicino marquises and now town hall and site of the Verdi Theatre, and the Collegiate Church of San Bartolomeo Apostolo overlook the town square of the same name, together with a bronze statue of Verdi looking on at passers-by. Just a little further on, don’t miss out on a visit to the Casa Barezzi Museum where the young Giuseppe Verdi was given his earliest music education. 5 km from the centre, stop off at Roncole Verdi to see the house the central figure of this itinerary was born in. More than two centuries have gone by since then and important conservation and promotion work means that the house this musical genius grew up in can now be visited. We’ll leave Giuseppe Verdi’s story behind us now and make our way towards the Soragna Fortress, a medieval stronghold which has always been owned by the Meli Lupi princes. This fortress– one of the Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza – is an important example of early Baroque which now houses a large collection of art and artefacts testifying to its history. Fidenza is just ten or so kilometres away now, where this journey on Verdiesque “golden wings” comes to an end.
STARTING POINT/FINISHING POINT Fidenza train station
ALTITUDE GAIN/LOSS35 metres
ALTITUDE PROFILE Max. 75 – Min. 40
ROAD SURFACE TYPE tarred road
DIFFICULTY LEVEL easy
POINTS OF INTEREST
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