The largest public gathering in Italy - ever
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Verdi: 20 facts about the great composer
19. The largest public gathering in Italy - ever
In January 1901, while staying in Milan, Verdi suffered a stroke. He died a few days later. Arturo Toscanini conducted the vast forces of combined orchestras and choirs composed of musicians from throughout Italy at his funeral service in Milan. To date, it remains the largest public assembly of any event in the history of Italy.