A Journey through Verdi’s Homeland

Giuseppe Verdi statue
Piazza Verdi in Busseto

For the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, celebrated on October 10, 2013, I wrote an article for BBC Travel, which explores the strong connection the legendary opera composer felt to his homeland of Emilia his entire life. Verdi was born in Roncole, a village in the province of Parma, studied in Busseto, just a few kilometers away, and, later in life, built a villa in nearby Villanova sull’Arda, where he lived with his second wife. Read the article on BBC Travel to take a tour through Verdi’s homeland: “Verdi’s Italy“. Perhaps not many know that Verdi was a passionate farmer and a gourmet – after all, he was born in an area known for such culinary delights as Parmigiano-Reggiano, culatello, Parma ham and more. You can learn more about Verdi’s favorite foods, all from his native Emilia-Romagna, by reading this article I wrote for ITALY Magazine: “A Journey through Verdi’s Beloved Food Traditions“.

Salsamenteria Baratta in Busseto, where you can enjoy Verdi's favorite foods
Salsamenteria Baratta in Busseto, where you can enjoy Verdi’s favorite foods

What’s your favorite opera by Verdi?

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