One evening we were walking on a hillside, 
silently. In the shade of the late twilight
my cousin is a giant dressed in white,
moving calmly, his face tanned, 
taciturn. Keeping quiet is our virtue. 

The hill of the poetry The South Seas (1930) is Moncucco, a viewpoint over Santo Stefano Belbo, dominating the entire valley. It is renowned for its Moscato vineyards and the sanctuary on its top, from where the signal for the lighting of the traditional summer bonfires used to be given, every 4 August. Watch the episode of our series on the places related to Pavese’s life and works, Io vengo di là:

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