I continue today to tell you about my trip in the Langhe and Roero.
I dedicated the second day to Cesare Pavese and the places where he lived and some of his novels are set.
On this occasion, I was a guest of the foundation Cesare Pavese founded in 2004 in Santo Stefano Belbo, which is the point of reference for all national and international events on Pavese.
Thanks to the work of the foundation, all the places of Pavese of Santo Stefano Belbo have been restored and made available to the tourists, such as the birthplace of Cesare Pavese, the Casotto of Gaminella, La Casa Museo of Nuto, the Church of Saints James and Christopher.
We went to visit the birthplace of Cesare Pavese, where his parents spent their summer holidays.
The architecture of the house, in which there is no longer the original garden, differs from the traditional peasant one. It denotes a taste from a small provincial bourgeoisie transplanted in the city.
The Birthplace, houses original furnishings and numerous testimonies about the life of Cesare Pavese: letters, books, photographs, reviews of his books and thesis from all over the world.
After we went to see the house laboratory Nuto (at the second Pinolo Scaglione), that childhood friend becomes "Virgil" Pavese, who leads him through the paths, the vineyards, on the crests of the hills and tells the stories of the inhabitants of the area.
The Moon and the Bonfires are born from the meeting between Pavese and Nuto, the novel of the return and the found country.
At the end of my journey in the Langhe and Roero, I want to do some final considerations.
For Langhe and Roero means that hilly area nestled between the provinces of Cuneo and Asti, joined together by a strong tradition of uses and customs, tastes and colors, grapes and wine, but at the same time so different and so unique.
There are many sweet and passionate scenarios to which we are accustomed to directing with thought when it comes to a romantic trip, but still too few who know the gentle beauty of the Langhe and Roero.
For me, the Langhe and Roero are ideal for incurable travelers who plan to spend a gastronomic weekend or to spend a few days in the company to their beloved or in an area of exceptional beauty.
During the journey in the Langhe and Roero I was reminded of the words of Marcel Proust: "The real voyage of research consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes" and I pondered on how people dream of a holiday in beautiful places far way (Polynesia, Usa, etc.. etc) but in Italy there are many excellences that deserve to be visited by the incurable travelers from around the world
For sure I will return in the Langhe and Roero, perhaps in the harvest season, in autumn, when nature fills the panorama of beautiful colors, maybe in the summer when it's nice to laze in the shade drinking a glass of good wine in the open, maybe in the winter, when the historical and architectural beauties are highlighted.
Another aspect that I wish to highlight of this trip was the meeting with the people of the Langhe and Roero.
The people with whom I paused to chat are people who love their land and their traditions.
They have all been very helpful to tell the "legends" of these areas as the "mask" that is the spiteful witches of Langhe who once terrorized the children.