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Casa RossiniRossini’s house
Wednesday 21 February 2018

Rossini’s house

Casa Rossini
Interno Casa Rossini

The building
Gioachino Rossini’s birthplace is historic. The ground and first floors were built during the fifteenth century, the second and third storeys are later additions. The greater part of the front and interior were restructured during the early decades of the eighteenth century. Gioachino Rossini was born here on February 29th.1792 where he spent the first years of his life with his family. The Municipality bought the building in 1892, a hundred years after the composer’s birth; the house was transformed into a museum and declared a national monument in 1904. The building was restored in 1988-’89, the structure consolidated and exposition reorganised along scientific lines.

The exhibits are the fruit of various donations to Pesaro, for the most part dating back to the close of the nineteenth century. The largest collection came from Paris, donated by a great collector of Rossini memorabilia, Alphonse Hubert Martel. This collection consists principally of prints, engravings and lithographs connected with the life and operas of the composer. The collection also includes numerous official portraits of Rossini and whole series of singers who contributed to the success of Rossini’s operas in France.

Ground floor: prints
On the ground floor is an exhibition of prints showing the interpreters of Rossini’s late operas, among them some of the most famous opera singers of the nineteenth century: Adelina Patti as Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Giovan Battista Rubini as Othello, Giuditta Pasta as Tancredi, Gilbert-Louis Duprez as Arnold (WilliamTell). There is a small room in the basement where visitors can watch projections of some of the more recent Rossini Opera Festival productions.

First floor: portraits
On the first floor is a gallery of about 30 prints, portraits of Rossini in chronological order from youth to old age. In the room of the ‘last days’, spent at Passy near Paris, hangs Gustave Doré’s drawing of the composer on his deathbed. This section also includes an entertaining collection of caricatures, among them a terracotta statuette by Jean-Pierre Dantan, making fun of Rossini and other characters from the 18th. century musical world. Lastly, in the room devoted to music is a fortepiano, a keyboard instrument built in Venice in 1809, and some of the composer’s manuscripts.

Casa Rossini bookshop offers a wide range of wares for every pocket, all concerning the ‘Swan of Pesaro’: magnets,  pencils, postcards, t-shirts and shoppers, silver and hard-stone jewels. There is also a vast selection of ceramics created by local producers expressly for the museum: a porcelain statue by Franco Bucci based on the caricature of Rossini by Jean Pierre Dantan, cups great and small, bells, jewel cases, and ‘saucers’ by Claudio Sora each devoted to one of Rossini’s operas for the delight of collectors. Music lovers will find a selection of Rossini’s works on CD and DVD, not only the best known, but also such rarities as an arrangement of Semiramide for guitar solo.



via Rossini 34
ownership Municipality of Pesaro
management Sistema Museo
opening hours June-September from Tuesday to Sunday and national holidays 10-13, 16-19.30
October-May Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10-13, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and national holidays 10-13, 15.30-18.30

closed on Monday

Christmas 2017
18 December-6 January everyday 10-13, 15.30-18.30

closed on December 25th anda January 1st

entry ticket € 10,00
valid 7 days, includes the permanent collections in Rossini's House, Musei Civici in Palazzo Mosca and their temporary exhibitions, the archaeological area of via dell'Abbondanza.

€ 8,00  for groups of a minimum of 15, over 65s, members of FAI (Fondo per l’ Ambiente Italiano), Touring Club Italiano, Italia Nostra, Coop Adriatica
€ 5,00 for Pesaro Cult card holders, groups led by tourist guides from the Province of Pesaro and Urbino

under the age of 19
Pesaro Cult card holders: every third Sunday of the month from October to May, when there are no events at Rossini's House and Musei Civici di Palazzo Mosca.
Disabled and companion
Members of ICOM  (International Council of Museums)
Journalists holding a professional ID card

Special prices for school groups
groups of 15 to 25 pupils
€ 2,50 per museum
€ 5,00 Rossini's House + Musei Civici in Palazzo Mosca +  the archaeological area of via dell'Abbondanza.
Free entry for groups of  15 to 25 pupils on guided tours or learning activities

no access for the disabled

info 0721 387357

information and booking at callcenter 199 151 123 (service and payment only for those calling from Italy. Monday to Friday: 9-15)

School booking freephone 800 96 19 93 (valid for schools only)



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