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“Mecca if you love opera and classical music”

Casa natale di Arturo Toscanini
Ranked #18 of 146 things to do in Parma
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 December 2016

Arturo Toscanini stands as one of the greatest, perhaps THE greatest conductor of all times. He knew Verdi and Puccini and conducted their works. He created the NBC Symphony, conducted at the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic and at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany until he opposed Nazism. The museum in the house where he was born is a superb collection of instruments, mementoes and documents that will prove enlightening.

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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Small house packed with interesting photos and information about Toscanini. There are two videos that are outstanding one on the top floor was so very good about his life from childhood on. He was an amazing man.

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Reviewed 8 August 2016

Museum is located in a small 2 storey house approximately a 300 metre walk from the end of the Ponte Giuseppe Verdi on the other side of the river (although there didn't appear to be any water in it) from the Centro storico.

The small house contains a great deal of memorabilia from clothes worn by the Maestro and some principals in the operas he directed, to posters, letters, photos, manuscripts and much more. On the second floor there is a room with some chairs where there is a very good film, with English sub-titles, on the life of Toscanini that runs for approximately 40 minutes. This film not only depicts Toscanini's musical achievements but also his moral stance against Mussolini's Fascists and Hitler's Nazis.

If visiting you should be aware that there are 37 steps to get to the 2nd floor of the house and that it is not air-conditioned.

Also, rather strangely, there are no music CD's of Toscanini's performances or other souvenirs of any nature for sale here.

Thank westy54
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

My husband and I visited this museum in 2008, and enjoyed it greatly. My father-in--law played violin with Toscanini and had been a friend to the family in New York. The museum showed a video of an interview him, and treated us very kindly. I look forward to visiting again when in Italy.

Thank CJ7girl
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Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile

This was a huge surprise. Tucked away across the bridge over no water...next to a beautiful park...a small birth home.

This could be so much more if they allowed them to sell music and make money to expand. You must learn of Benito and Arturo's relationship-- how fascism drove AT out of Italy only to return in triumph in 1946...

Great story of a great man who oh yes, is likely the world most famous conductor.

Please see it

Thank Breathdoc
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