The heritage left by Giuseppe Verdi, the most important exponent of melodrama, attracts large numbers of music lovers and plenty of further visitors too.
The fascinating itinerary that follows the traces of Verdi, that develops from Parma up to Sant'Agata in the province of Piacenza, gives tourists the possibility to gain precious insights into the strong relationship the artist had with his native land, the lower part of the province. Roncole Verdi, a small hamlet of Busseto, is the first stop of this itinerary, since it hosts his native house and the early medieval church of San Michele Arcangelo, where he played the organ.
Busseto is the most important Verdi-related place: Piazza Verdi is dominated by the thirteenth-century fortress that is home to Teatro Verdi; Casa Barezzi was the place where his career started under the supervision of Antonio Barezzi; in 1836, he got married with Margherita Barezzi in the Oratory of Santissima Trinità; he composed his first pieces in Palazzo Orlandi.
Giuseppe Verdi National Museum has recently been inaugurated in Busseto, and a long opera season celebrates the music by Verdi during the popular Festival Verdi that takes place in Parma every year.