Busseto

When Verdi was ten, he moved to Busseto to attend the ginnasio, where he studied Italian, Latin, humanities, and rhetoric. Two years later he began musical studies with the director of the manicipal music school. During this period in Busseto he attracted a patron, Antonio Barezzi, a wealthy merchant and the founder of Busseto's Philharmonic Society. He housed Verdi in Busseto, aided him when he went to Milan, and in 1836 gave him the hand of his daughter Margherita in marriage. The wedding took place in the Oratorio della SS Trinita, next door to the Barezzi.

In May 1832, at the age of eighteen, Verdi went to Milan and applied for permission to study at the conservatory. He was refused because of his unorthodox piano techinque and because he was four years older than the rest.

In 1849 Verdi moved back to Busseto with his mistress, Giuseppina Strepponi and occupied Palazzo Orlandi, almost next door to Barezzi's house. The two years he and Strepponi lived in Busseto provoked a scandale in the small country town.

A small theatre seating 600 located directly off piazza Verdi is called Teatro Verdi (1868), built into the right wing of the palace Rocca dei Marchesi Pallavicino (now the city hall). A large monument of a seated Verdi stands in front of the palace and the theatre.

Let the church bells ring
It was here I experienced the church bells, every 30 minutes, it rings, first from one church, then another, and soon they are rining all over town. The first night, I counted when it rings: one, two.. three, all night long. I could not but wondering do they ever turn it off at night? Maybe never unless the bell were broken or the person who rings the bell were sick. Who needs a watch here. not me!