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The great composer Giuseppe Verdi, Italy's Risorgimento manifesto author, was born in Le Roncole di Busseto, later recalled after him Roncole Verdi.
His image is surely linked to Milano, where he died and composed several major operas staged at La Scala, but it is surely as well connected to his origin lands in the Parmesan area.
These lands count many lovely villages such as Soragna, Fontanellato or Roccabianca, whose fortresses and castles are enjoyable along with your four legged friend, that are all part of the Terre Verdiane consortium.
Nevertheless the most historic and important of them all is gracious Busseto.
Ancient Pallavicino’s dwelling, lordship of Parma’s Ducato, Busseto is the classic example of emilian hamlet.
His squares and streets are all connected thanks to meters and meters of porches, under which local bars and shops exude.
Central Piazza Verdi, where many live events, concerts and local fairs took place, is bordered by the Pallavicino Rock, venue of both the Municipality and Verdi’s Theatre.
Busseto is nowadays a village dedicated to the memoir of the Maestro whose relics are findable in many palaces, like Villa Pallavicino, inside of which a museum about the composer cult has dawned.
Talking about villas, we warmly suggest to an excursion in the green suburbs, at Villa Verdi, in the municipality of Villanova sull’Arda (Piacenza).
Here since 1953, the already celebrated Maestro spent his central life years, always moving back and forth to Milan.
In Villa Verdi he composed other big operas like the Aida and reconnected to a bucolic life and managed his political agenda while the Regno d’Italia was forming.