Pavese places in Santo Stefano Belbo

Santo Stefano Belbo is where the last novel by Cesare Pavese – The Moon And The Bonfires, published in 1950 – takes place. While visiting Pavese places, one can recollect the events of the novel, along with the writer’s biography. The house where he was born, the Church of Saints James and Cristopher where he got baptized, the Moncucco hill, the carpenter’s shop of his great friend Pinolo Scaglione, the Mora farm, the Palazzina del Nido, the Gaminella lodge and, finally, his grave in the cemetery of Santo Stefano Belbo. 

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The 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 cemetery

On 7 September 2002 the remains of Cesare Pavese were transferred to the cemetery of Santo Stefano Belbo, with the consent of his family (the

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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 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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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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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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