Alba Travel Guide

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Alba Things to Do

  • Amazing truffle quest experience

    My husband and his partner were away in Turin and we, not to get bored at the hotel, booked a full day tour in Langhe wine country. Will never forget such fashinating villages and castles of Grinzane where we tasted Barolo and Barbaresco wines. But the highlight of our trip was truffle search in the afternoon with a experienced old guy, local...

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  • Chiesa del Santa Caterina

    The Church of Santa Caterina holds a permanent exhibit of historical decorative items crafted from silver and currently owned by the church.

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  • Chiesa della Maddalena

    This historic church is on Corso Vittorio Emmanuele II, in the city center. As you will gather from my other tips, the most popular thing to do in Alba is take a stroll through the historic center and take in the architecture.

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  • Piazza Risorgamento

    In Piazza Risorgamento you can see the beautiful cathedral and find City Hall. It is also home to tourist information (closed lunch time), and on Saturday mornings a large market expands from this heart of the city through the small, narrow streets and under the sidewalks covered by portici (arches). Everything you could want to see and do is...

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  • Pretty pink house

    Not far from de hospital, a pretty little house stands on a tiny square, almost a widened street crossing. Though in the very city center, it has a small yard with a few trees. The green of the trees makes a pleasant contrast with the pink of the house. It must be very pleasant to live in this house !

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  • Ospedale civico di San Lazzaro

    In a small street, somewhere between Via Roma and via Cavour stands a huge grayish building. On top of the main entrance, a sign says “Ospedale civico di San Lazzaro” (Saint Lazare Civilian Hospital). It should have been built at the end of the 19th century and I swear that this is not the kind of place where you would want to spare your holidays !

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  • Via Roma

    Via Roma is perpendicular to Via Vittorio Emanuele, or better to Piazza Savona. It seems to have built at the end of the 19th century. The part closer to Piazza Savona is lined with portici with thick square pillars in a more or less Greek inspired style (first photo). The second part is of a different style, with more elegant circular tall...

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  • Via Vittorio Emanuele II

    I should have said that Via Vittorio Emanuele II was a pedestrian only street, as most of the old city. In side streets, inhabitants can park their car but it is only for those that live there. Not all the houses along the street date from the Middle Ages. Some are built in an Art Deco style, such as those shown on the second photo. Enlarge to see...

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  • Cortile della Maddalena

    Il cortile della Maddalena is a wide, enclosed place (entrance shown on the first photo), now owned by the city and used for all the important events. During the Truffle fair, it hosted the exhibition of local cheeses and sausages for sale. The second photo shows the display "Fiera Nazionale del tartufo bianco d'Alba" (Alba's White truffle National...

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  • Monastero di Santa Maria Maddalena

    Monastero di Santa Maria Maddalena (Monastery of Saint Mary Magdalene) stands at the corner of via Vittorio Emanuele and via Parruza. Unfortunately, we could see only the outside as the inside was under repair. The second photo shows the angle with via Parruza, the third shows the whole front of the church (as much as the narrow streets allows) and...

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  • General Count Giuseppe Govone

    At one end of Piazza Savone stands the fierce statue of a man with a sword on a frisky horse. A marble slab says it represents the General Giuseppe Govone (1825-1872) and was erected in 2004. Another sign adds that the statue has been cast in bronze from the original statue and given to the city of Alba thanks to the "Cassa di Rispiarmio di Cuneo"...

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  • Napoleone e il Piemonte

    At the Piazza Savone end of via Vittorio Emanuele flows a fountain and a large banderole is stretched across the street. The first photo, taken from via Vittorio Emanuele, shows Piazza Savone and a more modern part of the town. The second photo is taken from Piazza Savone and shows the whole length of via Vittorio Emanuele, with several "torre"....

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Alba Hotels

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  • Hotel Langhe

    Just renewed, comfortable, breakfast included. A three stars with a very good price/quality ratio....

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  • Hotel I Castelli

    Corso Torino 14, Alba, 12051, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Le Botti

    Strada Isola, 13, Alba, 12050, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Alba Restaurants

  • eat what you get

    We were exhausted and walked in aroung 1.15p.m. But we couln't get a table, the place was packed. The owner asked us to wait about 30 mins and we would surely get a table.Well i'm glad we waited. Old wooden tables and chairs, young and very helpful staff. Toilets very clean.We sat down and the chap came along with a plate of pancetta and salami,...

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  • Popular Wine Bar

    Vincafe is an extremely popular wine bar on the main drag of Alba. Tables are packed close together, full of customers sampling their wide array of wines, cheese and coffees. There is a large aperitivo buffet that attracts the see-and-be-seen crowd. We stopped by for a plate of eight different cheeses (from a possible selection of about twenty) and...

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  • Cozy, Home-Style Restaurant

    Osteria dei Sognatori was recommended to us by a woman working in a more posh, fully booked restaurant. We went for Saturday lunch and found it to be a bustling, home-style restaurant just off one of the main roads in Alba. It had the feel of a family-run restaurant and was full of locals. At this restaurant there is no menu- instead they cook...

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  • Enoteca Conte Rosso

    Enoteca Conte Rosso stands in a small street, Via Pierino Belli, close to Via Vittorio Emanuele. It is a very quiet place. I will add more on our menu later (I must look in my docs !). We had raw slices of "porcini" (bolets) with white truffle and sprinkled with some olive oil (second photo, sorry, it is a bit blurred). That was delicious, the raw...

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  • Ristorante Savona

    Ristorante Savona is in via Roma. This was not meal time when we passed in front of it and thus, we have not tried it. The card is appealing and we might test it next time.

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  • Caffé Porta Garibaldi

    It is a nice place for a cheap meal but very good Farinata is dish from Piedmont. It was originally a poor's food. It is made with chickpeas floor turned into a fluid paste with water and some olive oil, seasoned with salt, pepper and rosmarin. It is cooked in the same way as pizza. It is a kind of pancake, a 5-6 millimeters thick that is eaten...

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  • Ristorante I Castelli

    I usually do not rely much on restaurants of hotels but on Saturday evening, the restaurant we knew in Barbareco were packed. Moreover, Ristorante I Castelli is close to a large parking lot, the card seemed fine and the restaurant quiet. We tried it and that was a good choice. Carne cruda is a typical dish from the Langhe. It is very soft beef or...

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  • Wonderful wines and salami and cheeses

    There are a lot of selling places for buying good wine and a couple of "enoteca" (wine-tasting bar). Don't be fooled by anybody: the Enoteca facing the Municipality, belonging to the WIne Producers Coop is the one you cannot miss.

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  • Slow Food here!

    Surrounded by bottles of great wine, a comfortable place where you can taste the special local food. I got some thin homemade fettuccine and a great stracotto. With a good Nebbiolo wine and a special aged grappa. Loved it all.

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Alba Transportation

  • by Jetgirly Written Nov 21, 2005

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    Getting to Alba from Torino can be difficult. On the weekend there are no direct trains, so you must go to the Porta Nuova station and buy a ticket that transfers at either Cavallermaggiore or Bra. We went through Cavallermaggiore and found that train service was temporarily suspended, so the connection was made by bus at the scheduled hours (there was no price difference). You also have the possibility of taking a local SATTI bus directly from Piazza Marconi in Torino to the center of Alba.

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Alba Shopping

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  • Selvagina, polleria Forte Ettore

    The shop of Ettore Forte, at the crossing between Via Pierino Belli and Vicolo del Pozzo sells too fresh and preserved truffles. We have not checked it but it seems OK, though it seems to have less choice than Ratti.

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  • Il Forno

    For those that like sweets, this the place to visit. They have, of course white truffles, made of white chocolate and black truffles, made of brown chocolate ! They have plenty more.sweets but as that does not interests us, I cannot tell more..

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  • Polleria, tartufi Ratti Elio

    The shop of Elio Ratti stands in Via Vittorio Emanuele. It is a small shop where they sell not only truffles but also other local foods such as home made Tajarin, a kind of Tagliatelle but narrower (1-2 mm instead of 4-5 mm) and which fir perfectly with white truffle. They sell also white truffle paste and oil aromatized with white truffle aroma....

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Alba Local Customs

  • Pears

    To finish with, why not to taste some of those delicious pears ? Moreover, if what you want is an alcohol, they can give "grappa di pere" (pear brandy), a marvel, that I strongly advise to drink iced, not with an added piece of ice, really iced.

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  • Not oranges !

    If you do not enlarge it, you will feel this is another photo of oranges. If you enlarge it, you will see superb "pepperoni" (peppers). In supermarket, there are often peppers that look almost alike but as they are grown under a greenhouse, in a country where no pepper would grow outside they do not have any taste. These yellow and red peppers .are...

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  • More juicy fruits

    All the fruits on display on Alba market are looking great but moreover, they taste great : most of them were locally grown (not the bananas, however !) or at least come from not far away. Thus they are fresher than those that have been collected in some central bulk market. Before going back to retailers. The oranges on the first photo are really...

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Alba Off The Beaten Path

  • Roasted chestnuts

    On Piazza Savone, this strange booth looks more or less like an old locomotive trailing a small train. The second photos allows to see better that it is a booth to roast chestnuts, that are sold, together with sweets and various drinks, in the "train" part.

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  • Fancy bas-relief

    This fancy bas-relief has certainly been done recently but it is mimicking pleasantly true and older ones. It is at the bottom of the windows of a shoe shop as can be seen on the first two photos. In order to sea better each figure, I have made a close-up on two rows of each bas relief, one over the other.The third photo (close-up of the left...

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  • Il Palio degli Asini

    October is time for the annual donkey race in Alba, a zany medieval festa. In 1275, Asti was finally able to defeat its long-standing rival, Alba. While the citizens of Asti have since commemorated the event with an annual horse race, those in Alba instead stage a donkey race, complete with medieval pageantry.

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Alba Favorites

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  • Old city with young children

    Though Alba is an old city, it is not a "museum" town and even the old city center is fully inhabited by citizens of every age. There are several schools and though they are in the pedestrians only zone, the road warning sign, mainly designed for cars are there, in case a busy pedestrian, walking too fast, might injure children at play !

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  • Lion's heads

    A lion's head tops the entrance of several houses of the old city of Alba. There is certainly a reason for this choice but I have been unable to find out which one. I have taken only two photos but they are much more. Each of them has a different style. On the first photo, it looks almost like a sun while on the second it is more like a gargoyle...

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  • Walled window

    In a small street of the old city center I found that a walled window had been painted with a design that looks almost Indian with great flowers hanging from a tree while doves (are they really doves ?) stand or fly on each corner. That is certainly nicer than a plain concrete walled window, isn’t it ?

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Other Bolets
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Porcini nostrani
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Kitchenware
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Look at these fruits !
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Fruits and vegetables
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The city market
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Sun dial
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Ancient fresco
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Street musician
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Steel structure
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Piazza Medford
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Moorish look !
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Another tower ?
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Stern tower
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Torre medioevale abbassata.
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Via Vittorio Emanuele and more towers
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Torre Sineo, Bonino and Astesiano
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The town hall and the portici
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Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
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Chiesa di San Giovanni
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Piazza Elvio Pertinace : casa-torre
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White Truffle Fair
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Don't loose the Roero hills
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Nice street
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