Montespertoli - Amedeo Bassi Museum
Piazza Machiavelli 13, Montespertoli
tel. +39 0571 606068
April – October: every days 10.00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. / 5:00 – 7.00 p.m.
November – March: from Tuesday to Thursday 10:o0 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.; Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.00 a.m.– 12 p.m. / 3.00 – 6.00 p.m.
Drink from the joyful glass, resplendent with beauty…
[Giuseppe Verdi, La Traviata, scene II, Francesco Maria Piave's booklet]
Montespertoli is a green island in a vineyard sea. Arriving at the Amedeo Bassi museum, that overlooks the wonderful heart of the city, Machiavelli square, it is impossible not to be reminded of the most famous works of art in the world. A tribute to wine but also to opera, because opera and Italy are synonyms. And this museum, that preserves the cultural heritage of artists, is here also to prove this...
Amedeo Bassi was an excellent tenor. He was born in a family with no resources, and he reached success in the most important theaters of the world, thanks to his talent: he was acclaimed in Europe, the United States and Latin America. In this space, we are going to find musical scores, documents, pictures and his original records, that make us live the feelings and the vibrant cultural fabric of an era. Time can finally slow down, and flow with us to find a sense in the notes.
He had a particular predilection for veristic operas, written and played in the twentieth century by Mascagni, Panizza, Mascheroni, Giordano and many other great Italian composers.
The heritage we can find in this place is unique, and it pursues the future. It is enough to think that for all of the last century opera was a constant presence in the Empolese Valdelsa area with singers, theaters and important writers. As if to say: it was, precisely, at home. And today, it is coming back. As in this place.