Cesare Pavese, wine and the Langhe
Between vineyards and the green hills of Piedmont lies the birthplace of Italian author Cesare Pavese: Santo Stefano Belbo. Famous throughout the world for its highly prized Moscato sparkling wine, the town reaches the edge of the Langhe hills, on a mainly hilly terrain, with the exception of the alluvial plain formed by the Torrente Belbo.
The history of this village in the province of Cuneo begins in the early Middle Ages, spanning centuries while interweaving culture, art, agriculture and religion, right up to the birth of the famous writer. Most of the economic activities in Santo Stefano Belbo revolve around wine production, but also include crafts and small industry related to oenology, motoring and the processing of the Tonda Gentile hazelnut.
Unmissable stops during a trip to the town are the Abbey of San Gaudenzio, the Sanctuary of Madonna della Neve, the Former Chapel of San Rocco, the Church of Santi Giacomo e Cristoforo and – of course – the Casa di Pavese, which now houses an important museum. Around the town, there are ideal paths for walking or cycling, so you can enjoy some exercise and breathe fresh air in contact with nature.