Verdi owned the house, which is in Busseto, near the city of Parma, from 1849 to 1888, and it is claimed that he wrote such masterpieces there as Rigoletto, Stiffelio, Luisa Miller, and Il trovatore.
The asking price for the house, an 18th-century palazzo built by Giuseppe Cavalli with frescoes and a cupola, is $6.6 million; in addition, the building needs renovations costing more than $3 million.
The owner, Saba Sabadini Orlandi, told the Associated Press she is selling the house because she couldn't afford to renovate it herself, and no public institution would put up the money. She said she would prefer to sell the house to a local authority.
In the 1970s, the Orlandi family turned the house into a Verdi museum, with letters, documents, and furniture belonging to the composer, as well as memorabilia from Arturo Toscanini, who was a guest of the family in the early 20th century. The museum closed eight years ago when the house fell into disrepair.