Cesare Pavese: his places

Santo Stefano Belbo is where the last novel by Cesare PaveseThe Moon And The Bonfires, published in 1950 – takes place. While visiting these places, one can recollect the events of the novel, along with the writer’s biography. Here you can visit the house where he was born and the carpenter’s shop of his long-time friend Pinolo Scaglione (Nuto) – both accessible through our guided tours, as well as the Church of Saints James and Christopher where he got baptized and his grave. In addition, other symbolic locations included in this novel and in other works of Cesare Pavese can be found in town, as well. 

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To know more about the symbolic value of Pavese’s hometown watch this episode of Io vengo di là (I come from there), our 3-season series on some of the key places related to Pavese’s life and works. 

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Nuto’s house

Visit the workshop-house of Nuto, protagonist of the novel “The Moon And The Bonfires” and of the poem “Paper Smokers”.

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La tomba di Cesare Pavese

Pavese’s grave

On 7 July 2001 the remains of Cesare Pavese were transferred to the cemetery of Santo Stefano Belbo, with the consent of the relatives (the nieces Maria Luisa and Cesarina

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Moncucco is the hill of the poem “South Seas”, a viewpoint dominating the entire Belbo valley from Santo Stefano Belbo.

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The Mora farm

The Mora farm still exists today: find out more on the large farmhouse where the protagonist of “The Moon And The Bonfires”, Anguilla, worked.

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Villa Nido

Villa Nido, whose unusual architecture remains untouched, continues to hold the charm described in the novel “The Moon And The Bonfires”.

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La collina del Salto vista dalla Gaminella

The Salto hill

Opposite to Gaminella, the Salto hill runs along the road to Canelli. At its foot you can visit the house of Nuto, protagonist of “The Moon And The Bonfires”.

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The train station

The little station of Santo Stefano Belbo, no longer in use, was a gateway to the world for those who lived here in the time of “The Moon And The Bonfires”.

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The tower

The tower is what is left of the old medieval castle, above the historical centre of the village: you can reach it on foot, walking on the hill.

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The church

From the staircase of Santo Stefano Belbo’s parish church Anguilla witnessed a fervent speech of the priest against partisans and communists.

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The Belbo

The Belbo stream

The Belbo stream divides the two hills of Gaminella and Salto, which are the backdrop for the novel “The Moon And The Bonfires”: take a walk along its banks.

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