Besides the modest size of modern Alba, the town boasts more than 2500 years of history, being firstly settled by local native tribes. When the Roman conquered the region, Alba became in a few decades promoted to the title of “municipium“, granted the Latin citizenship and solid architectures were built.
The tour of Alba is a private experience and it can include or not an underground site, depending on the interest of our guests.
What to see in Alba and its underground
While the standing Cathedral cannot be considered the oldest church in town, due to the numerous times in which it was rebuilt, a great deal of importance has been given to the site where it lies. In fact, the ancient Roman basilica used to be there and it has been replaced by churches whose layered remains are still visible.
The tour of Alba and underground steps inside the Cathedral to admire an impressive wooden inlaid choir dating back to the XVI century as well as the side chapel of S. Teobaldo, a masterpiece of Baroque art.
Four monastic orders left in Alba Gothic and Baroque architectures, evidence of the wealth of the town in the Middle-Age. Slender medieval towers are still standing in a unique skyline that culminates with the highly-ornate elliptic dome of the church named “Maddalena“.
Tour of Alba: home of Nutella and Truffle Market
The private tour guide points out references to contemporary life in Alba and to prominent personalities, artists and businessmen who brought the town to be one of the wealthiest of the Country.
Nonetheless, Alba is still dense of references to the native writer Beppe Fenoglio who left vivid pictures of the town in his books, set in the first half of the XX century.