The legacy of Cesare Pavese
Cesare Pavese was a poet, writer, translator, publisher and literary critic. He is believed to be one of the most influential Italian intellectuals of the 20th century.
He was born in a small village in Piedmont’s Langhe – Santo Stefano Belbo in 1908 and tragically took his life in Turin in 1950, only two months after he had won the Strega Prize, the most prestigious literary award at the time.
The house where Cesare Pavese was born is located in the center of the places told in the novel The Moon and the Bonfires, with the Gaminella hill behind it and the Salto hill in front, where tourists can visit the house-workshop of his friend Nuto. From the house you can also see Moncucco, the hill of the poem The Southern Seas.
Cesare Pavese’s birthplace is located a few minutes away from the Cesare Pavese Foundation, not far from the cemetery which houses the writer’s tomb and can be visited externally, independently or as part of our guided tours.
The Pavese Museum: Unpublished treasures
The Pavese Museum is located at the second floor of Fondazione Cesare Pavese and was inaugurated in 2019. It is made up of memorabilia, interactive installations and a series of video-projections introducing the private and professional life of Cesare Pavese. At the end of 2022 it was redesigned with the inauguration of a new room, Dialoghi (dialogues) that – along with the copy of Dialogues with Leucò where the writer wrote his last message – houses a series of Pavese’s unpublished and original material donated by the Molinaand Vaudagna families.
Pavese ospita Calvino exhibition
Until 1 April 2024 the volumes and documents from the Molina and Vaudagna collections are displayed in the exhibition Pavese ospita Calvino, in the adjacent church of the Saints James and Christopher. The “Dialoghi” rooms hosts instead the copies of Cesare Pavese’s secret notebook from Lorenzo Mondo’s library, along with the epistolary exchange that Mondo and Natalia Ginzburg had about its publication.
Cantina Sociale Vallebelbo dedicated the Moscato d’Asti label to the writer. Among the varieties of “CESARE PAVESE” wines there are Moscato Bianco, Nebbiolo, Barbera, as well as Dolcetto.