The town of Alba, in Italy, boasts more than 2500 years of history, since it was firstly settled by local native tribes. When the Romans conquered the region, Alba was promoted, within a few decades, to the title of “municipium“ and the Latin citizenship was granted to its population.
Solid public buildings such as the temple, the theatre and the roman basilica risen up, as well as private domus.
The tour of Alba and underground grants access to one or two archeological sites among those open that day.
What to see in Alba and its underground
While the standing Cathedral cannot be considered the oldest church in town, due to the numerous renovations, a great deal of importance has always been held by the site where it lies.
In fact, the ancient Roman basilica used to occupy the same spot where, later, a Romanesque church was built, alongside the VI century baptistery.
Remains of these buildings as well as other interesting findings stand below the floor of today’s Cathedral and they can be visited in this underground tour.
Moreover, the tour of Alba enters the Cathedral where a precious wooden inlaid choir dated 1512 lies behind the main altar. We visit the side chapel of S. Teobaldo highly decorated with frescoes dating to the Baroque period.
Things to do in Alba, Italy
Four monastic orders settled in Alba and left Gothic and Baroque architectures, evidence of the wealth of the town in the Middle-Age.
Slender medieval towers draw a unique skyline that culminates in the highly-ornate elliptic dome of the church named “Maddalena“, belonging to a former convent.
Tour of Alba: home of Nutella and Truffle Market
The tour of Alba and underground keeps an eye on modern Alba and tells stories of prominent personalities, artists and businessmen like Pietro Ferrero, who brought the town to be one of the wealthiest of Italy.
Nonetheless, Alba is still dense of references to the native writer Beppe Fenoglio who left vivid memories of the town in his books, set in the first half of the 1900s and during WWII.