The name of this town most probably dates to the Romans. In 1651, P. Maria Campi wrote in Historia Ecclesiastica di Piacenza that the name comes from the latin Vicus Varroni, which literally means Village of Varrone, in honor of an influential roman.
Notwithstanding his immense artistic talent and valuable civil commitment, Verdi never disowned his own farm origins and those of his family. Instead he was so proud he dedicated love, passion and money to his estate in Sant'Agata di Villanova.
Throughout the centuries, a large part of Val Tidone belonged to Saint Colombano and his Abbey. Historic documents do not cover this completely but the numerous churches dedicated to the Saint are evident testimony.
In the VIII century, Saint Colombano’s remains were brought to Pavia. Thus the itinerary Bobbio-Pavia of which there are various testimonies. There is a francigena mountain route from Milan to Pavia to Bobbio, which then follows the abbots way to Pontremoli (Tuscany) and then to Rome
Roncole Verdi is well known for being the birthplace of the illustrious and loved Maestro Giuseppe Verdi. At a short distance from the home, now a museum, of the great composer, there is another Home Museum and Center of Study of another very great artist: Giovannino Guareschi.