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Sleepy Busseto’s greatest claim to fame is local son Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901), who was not exactly born here—he was born in Le Roncole, a stone’s throw away. However, he always considered this town his home. It’s in the middle of cultivated countryside, and was known, since Carolingian times, as "Buxetum." It attracted the attention of Habsburg emperor Charles V in 1533, who became lord
of the city. Now it attracts opera lovers who wish to walk in the grand maestro’s footsteps—either by hearing one of his works at the local theater, or by touring either of his country estates.
Modena is famous for local products: Maserati, Ferrari, and opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who was born near here and buried in his family plot...
Parma stands on the banks of a tributary of the Po River. Despite damage during World War II, much of the stately historic center seems untouched...