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 valley, with its unusual architecture. It is situated in the territory of Canelli and its location, difficult to access, protected the house and the surrounding estate from any transformation. This is certainly one of the most suggestive itineraries leading to Canelli through the hamlet of Sant’Antonio (which Pavese calls Sant’Antonino). One night, Anguilla accompanies his excited young mistresses by barouche to a party at the Nest villa, and the house, seen through the eyes of the poor servant, becomes an unseizable place of dreams and wonders.