kilometres from Busseto, just across the Ongina stream, is Villa Verdi, the
Maestro’s home in his old age. Despite not belonging to the province of Parma
geographically, it is intimately linked to all the other Verdi sites in
Busseto. Its furnishings are intact and it is filled with Verdi relics.
1848, the Maestro purchased a farm in this village located in the province of
Piacenza thus, in a certain sense, closing the circle opened up many years
ancestors were in fact natives of this small village, where they had been small
landowners, tenants, and innkeepers since 1596.
of the villa began just after 1848 and continued up until around 1880 in fits
and starts. Verdi’s parents lived in the villa until the spring of 1851; Verdi
and Giuseppina Strepponi moved in immediately afterwards.
Maestro spent the rest of his life in the villa, with the exception of his
Parisian sojourns and the winters spent in Genoa, looking after the management
of the farm directly.
central building preserves the original structure of the farmhouse. Two wings
with terraces were added onto the front of the villa, while greenhouses, a
chapel and garages were added behind it.
is surrounded by a vast, romantic park filled with trees, including some of
villa, at present inhabited by the heirs Carrara-Verdi, one may visit the rooms
located on the south side with its original Louis Philippe style furniture and
other older pieces of furniture purchased by the Verdi couple.
room belonged to Giuseppina Strepponi, the second to the Maestro.
most important relics are the pianos, the stucco portrait of Giuseppina as a
young woman by Tenerani, Manzoni autographs, period photos, Verdi’s musical
library, and many other profoundly evocative souvenirs.
masterpiece of 19th century Italian sculpture stands out from the rest: a bust
modelled out of terracotta in 1872 by Vincenzo Gemito portraying a pensive
Giuseppe Verdi. The sculpture renders his pride, his indomitable will, and his
spirit of introspection and reflection to perfection in clay form.
from the Grand Hotel et de Milan where Verdi died on 27th January 1901 is in the
room next to the changing room.