The Pavesian places

Santo Stefano Belbo is where the last novel by Cesare Pavese – The Moon And The Bonfires, published in 1950 – takes place. While visiting the Pavesian 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 Nest villa, the Gaminella lodge and, finally, his grave in the cemetery of Santo Stefano Belbo. 

The cemetery

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

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The church

The church overlooks another square of the town, just as big as a cathedral. On its staircase, in the troubled times after the second World

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The Salto hill

What Pavese calls Salto is the hill opposite Gaminella, skirting the road to Canelli. It is rather different from Gaminella: more rugged, arid, less lush.

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The Hotel of the Angel

When, in The Moon And The Bonfires, Anguilla comes back to his hometown after so many years, he stays at Albergo dell’Angelo (the Hotel of

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The Nest villa

The Nest villa ”…red in the middle of its plane trees, outlined on the flank of the extreme hill” [the Salto hill], dominates the entire

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The moon

At night, sometimes, Anguilla enjoys the fresh air from the hotel balcony. He stares at the hills, above the “handful of roofs” of the village,

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The Belbo

The Belbo

The Belbo stream, in whose once pure waters people used to fish and bathe, clearly divides the two hills of Gaminella and Salto, with the

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Moncucco

Moncucco “The Langhe are never lost” confides the cousin of The South seas walking up the Moncucco hill, a viewpoint over Santo Stefano Belbo, dominating

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The train

Only the train with its old steam locomotives, now disused, breaks the rhythm of this world enclosed by the hills, where time is measured through

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The Mora farm

Announced by majestic pines, in contrast with the few fruit trees of the Gaminella lodge, and by a profusion of flowers, the Mora farm lies

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Santo Stefano Belbo

The life journey of Pavese, and of many characters of his, started in Santo Stefano Belbo, a large town at the valley floor, where the

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Nuto’s house

Nuto (whose real name was Pinolo Scaglione) is the mediator between the world of the intellectual, raised in the city, and the reality of the

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The tower

“The Knight was the son of the old Knight, who once was the owner of the lands of the Castle and of the various mills

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The Gaminella lodge

The Gaminella hill, along with the Salto hill, is one of the two sides of the universe of The Moon And The Bonfires. Surrounded by

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The station

The little station of Santo Stefano Belbo, from where Pavese’s characters come and go, is still the same with its railways, no longer in use.

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