Santo Stefano Belbo

Santo Stefano Belbo is Cesare Pavese’s hometown: he was born here on 9 September 1908. 

“My village is made of a handful of shacks and lots of mud, but is crossed by the provincial road where I used to play as a child. Since I am ambitious, I wanted to travel the world and, once reached the farthest destinations, look back and say in front of all: Have you ever heard about that handful of roofs? Well, that’s where I come from”. (The Langa, from August Holiday)

At the border between the provinces of Cuneo and Asti, the village runs along the Belbo river, hence its name. Here Pavese set his last novel The Moon and the Bonfires, published in 1950.


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