|Comune di Busseto|
|Frazioni||Contrada della Chiesa, Frescarolo, Madonna Prati, Le Roncole, Samboseto, San Rocco, Sant'Andrea, Semoriva, Spigarolo|
|• Mayor||Luca Laurini|
|• Total||76 km2 (29 sq mi)|
|Population (December 31, 2004)|
|• Density||91/km2 (230/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Italian Wikipedia. (April 2009)|
Opera composer Giuseppe Verdi was born in the nearby village of Le Roncole and he moved there in 1824. Giovannino Guareschi also lived in Le Roncole and his Mondo Piccolo was set there. Tenor (now retired) Carlo Bergonzi spends most of his time at I due Foscari, his hotel in Busseto, which also hosts the Accademia Verdiana.
In the town and the local area many sites associated with the life of Verdi can be visited. These include:
The nearby village of Le Roncole was Verdi's birthplace.
Close by the main square is the home of Antonio Barezzi, the man who supported his early endeavours. He became both Verdi's patron and his father-in-law. In the upstairs lounge, the young Verdi gave his first public performance in 1830 and continued to frequent the house until the death of his benefactor.
The first portrait of Verdi and an oil depicting Antonio Barezzi is on display in the house. Verdi's letters are also on display. The Casa Barezzi is the headquarters of the Friends of Verdi; the organization oversaw the restoration of the building in 1979 and 1998. Since 2001, there has been a permanent exhibition of objects and documents related to Verdi and his relationship to the Barezzi family.
Churches of Santa Maria degli Angeli and San Michele Arcangelo
Both churches are nearby. These are where Verdi played the organ.
Teatro Giuseppe Verdi
The Teatro Giuseppe Verdi is a small 300-seat theatre built by the municipality with Verdi's support, but not with his approval. However, he did donate money for its completion.
In the nearby village of Sant'Agata, in the province of Piacenza, is the Villa Verdi, the house which he commissioned in 1848 while living in Busseto and where his parents lived until 1851, after which it became Verdi's home for the rest of his life. However, he lived there less frequently after the death of his wife, Giuseppina, in 1897.
Busseto has a railway station on the Cremona–Fidenza line.
- Associazione Amici di Verdi (ed.), Con Verdi nella sua terra, Busseto, 1997, (in English)
- Associazione Amici di Verdi, Con Verdi in Casa Barezzi, Busseto, date unknown, (In English, French, and German)
- Mordacci, Alessandra, An Itinerary of the History and Art in the Places of Verdi, Busseto: Busseto Tourist Office, 2001 (in English)
- Busseto Tourist Office website
- Verdi site with photos of Busseto locations, in English
- Amici di Verdi website
- international-giuseppe-verdi-foundation website (in German, Italian, English, French, and Dutch)