It is best known as the birthplace on 9 or 10 October 1813 of opera composer Giuseppe Verdi. He remained in the area almost his entire life, but wrote to Count Opprandino Arrivabene in 1863 from Paris where it had been rumoured that he was intending to live in France: "I was, am and always will be a peasant from Roncole." The house has been a national monument since 1901.
The countryside and surrounding area were the center of activities throughout most of Verdi's life. The composer's birthplace, the "Casa Natale del Maestro", can be visited, as can the organ used by the young Verdi in the church a few kilometers away.
- Verdi to Arrivabene, 25 May 1863, quoted in Phillips-Matz, p. 461
- Mordacci 2001
- Associazione Amici di Verdi (ed.), Con Verdi nella sua terra, Busetto, 1997
- Mordacci, Alessandra (2001), (trans. Studio Dott. Annita Brindani), An Itinerary of History and Art in the Places of Verdi, Busseto: Busseto Tourist Office
- Phillips-Matz, Mary Jane (1993), Verdi: A Biography, London & New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-313204-4