Museo Nazionale Giuseppe Verdi


Take a trip through the rooms of this fine country mansion turned museum, which cleverly maps out the story of Verdi's life through paintings, music and audio guides (€1; available in English, German and French). As you explore, you’ll undoubtedly recognise numerous stanzas from classic operas such as Il Trovatore and Aida, still fresh after two centuries.

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1. Teatro Verdi

0.32 MILES

This stately theatre on Busseto's aptly named Piazza Verdi was built in 1868, although Verdi himself initially pooh-poohed the idea. It opened with a…

2. Casa Barezzi

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3. Villa Verdi

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4. Casa Natale di Giuseppe Verdi

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6. Chiesa di San Sigismondo

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7. Museo del Violino

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8. Loggia dei Militi

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