Via Ferdinando Provesi, 35
The National Giuseppe Verdi Museum, inaugurated in 2009, is housed in the splendid 16th-century Villa Pallavicino, adjacent to the ancient city walls of Busseto.
Instead of displaying authentic documents or mementos of Verdi, the museum’s exhibits are dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi’s 27 operas (from Oberto conte di San Bonifacio performed at La Scala in 1839, to Falstaff, which was composed and performed in 1893) revisited and “staged” for the occasion by the scenographer and director Pier Luigi Pizzi, with the collaboration of the art critic Philippe Daverio.
Room after room, visitors can retrace the artistic career of the great composer through a sequence of his operas, which are depicted thanks to original stage costumes, replicas of historic stage sets and evocative new ones, and copies of period paintings. Verdi’s music serves as a peerless sonic backdrop.
Verdi Multimedia, the public-private partnership (including the Municipality of Busseto) that manages the museum, regularly stages events, competitions, concerts, plays, and exhibitions dedicated to opera and the theatre arts.
Villa Pallavicino, one of the most beautiful villas in Parma area, has a unique chessboard ground plan that recalls the coat-of-arms of the House of Pallavicino, the lords of Busseto. It features five sections linked by a main building towering over a large atrium. Construction on the villa, which was originally intended to be a summer residence, began in the 1510s; the villa was renovated and enlarged from the late 17th century to the end of the 18th. Its interior features frescos by Evangelista Draghi, Ilario Spolverini, and Pietro Rubini, with stucco decorations by Carlo Bossi.
Villa Pallavicino is surrounded by a large square fish farm, and is accessed through an entrance pavilion built in the 17th century by the architect Domenico Valmagini.