Entry price: € 9.00
€ 7 (university, over 65 and groups) Schools: 4 € (min. 10 max. 30 people) Children under 10 are free. Guided tours by reservation only: Groups (reduced ticket € 60 + € 7) Schools (reduced ticket € 40 + € 4)
from Tuesday to Sunday
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The enourmous Rococo entrance pavillion of Villa Pallavicino stands at the end of a three-lined avenue outside the historical centre of Busseto, in a large garden completely surrounded by a moat.
This 16th century building attributed to Vignola is made up of five structures set in a checkerboard pattern and linked to each other by porticoes, with a central building boasting frescoed vaults and lunettes. Antique furniture, paintings and ceramics are kept in the rooms of the front right building, whose vaults are decorated by frescoes attributed to Ilario Spolverini and by early 17th century stuccowork. The rooms in the front left part of the villa were frescoed by G.B. Draghi.
The small, elegant chapel decorated by late Baroque stuccowork, and the adjoining room contain a large number of Verdi relics, including an early 19th century spinet. A staircase with a wrought-iron railing leads up to the first floor rooms, which are also decorated by G.B. Draghi and by elegant 18th century stuccoworks. The rooms contain 17th and 19th century works of art and furnishings, in addition to a large collection of works by Isaac Gioacchino Levi, a local artist.
The villa houses the Civic Museum, displaying a rich collection of Verdi's documents, manuscripts, scores and relics. The National museum Giuseppe Verdi opened on the 10th of October 2009 on the occasion of the 196th anniversary of the Maestro's birth, inside the beautiful Villa Pallavicino.
The 27 works of the great composer are represented through an historical tour displaying the original scenographies of Casa Ricordi, the precious fabrics of the 19th century, costumes and fashion plates of the performers, the immortal music in a theatrical atmosphere that makes visitors live particular emotions and takes them along the way.
The itinerary has been created by the scenographer and director Pier Luigi Pizzi.
The music hall, the garden of Verdi, the multimedia tecnologies and a bookshop complete the tour of the most important museum dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi's genius.
The museum also organizes events, concerts, liric competitions and temporary exhibitions dedicated to lirica and theatre.
Source: local Staff of Parma