Casa di Riposo

Giuselle Verdi,
As great in civil life as in art,
This retirement home for musicians
December 16, 1899
He died on the day of January 27,1901
And was buried here on the thirtieth day after his death
With solemn honors.
King Victor Emanuel III and Queen Elena
Visited the tomb
On October 8th the same year.
October 10, 1902
On the 89th birthday of the founder,

The architect of Casa Verdi was Camillo Boito, son of Arrigo Boito. The courtyard contains a monument depicting Arrigo Boito, and both Giuseppe Verdi and his second wife, Giuseppina Strepponi, are buried in the crypt. Three days after he died, on January 30, 1901, in accordance with his wishes to avoid fuss, Verdi's body was secretly taken at dawn and buried in a temporary grave. Then on February 27, both the bodies of Verdi and Giuseppina Strepponi were escorted to their final resting place in the crypt in the Casa di Riposo. Twenty-eight thousand mourners followed the funeral cortege. "Va pensiero sull'ali dorate" (Go, my thought, on golden wings, from Nabucco) was softly sung by the assembled masses.