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 Langhe border with the Monferrato hills.
“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 when I was a child. Since – I’ll say it again – 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”.