“One evening we were walking on a hillside, 

silently. In the shade of the late twilight 

my cousin is a giant dressed in white, 

who moves calmly, his face tanned, 

taciturn. Keeping quiet is our virtue. 

From the top on clear nights you can see 

the reflection of the distant Turin beacon.” 

The hill of the poem “South Seas” is Moncucco, the Muscat hill dominating Santo Stefano Belbo, opposite the tower. On its top stands the seventeenth-century shrine Madonna della Neve, from where the lighting of the 4 August-bonfires is announced every year.


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