Roncole Verdi is a well-known name for the experts of music, in fact
it is the hamlet of Busseto, in the province of Parma, where Giuseppe
Verdi was born (1813-1901).
Roncole is a name familiar also for the ones who are keen on Giovannino
Guareschi; in fact, it is there that the writer lived from 1952 until
his death, in 1968. Here there is also the seat of the Club of Ventitrè
(23), the club for the admirers of Guareschi, run by his sons, Carlotta
Verdi’s native house
The native house of Verdi stands in Guareschi square, in Roncole, and
it is exactly as it appeared in 1813. The place, symbol of the admirers
of Verdi, has been recently restored and furnished with original pieces
of furniture that recreate the atmosphere of that period. Today it is
visited by thousands of people every year. Visiting hours for the house
of Verdi are:
Summer: 9:00 - 12:00 a.m., 03:00 - 07:00 p.m.
Winter: 9.30 - 12:00 a.m., 02.30 - 05:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays (except for holidays)
San Michele’s church
Another place symbol of the admirers of Verdi is San Michele’s
church, whose original structure dates back to XVI-XVII century, and that
afterwards has been rebuilt a lot of times. On the interior of the church,
with a nave and two side aisles, some frescos by Emilian painters of XV-XVI
century have emerged.
Inside the church there is also the christening font where Giuseppe
Verdi was baptized, and the organ that the musician used to play at the
age of 10 in order to practise, under the guide of the parish priest.
Near the church of Roncole, there is the small graveyard, where Giovannino
Guareschi was buried, and where on Sundays, before the mass, it is easy
to meet the sons Alberto and Carlotta on the tomb of the father.
Bust of Giuseppe Verdi
House of Giuseppe Verdi, XIX century. Picture of Achile
Formis, theatral museum of the Scala of Milan
House of Giuseppe Verdi today
Church of San Michele
Roncole Verdi from clouds