Visit Alba in Piedmont, Italy
The tour of Alba and underground is a walking tour with a private tour guide through the town center and it includes at least one underground archeological site.
Known as the main town of the Langhe hills and the hometown of Nutella, Alba, in Italy, boasts medieval towers, baroque architecture and the cathedral with a precious wooden choir dated 1512.
The tour of Alba and underground grants access to one or two archeological sites (depending on availability) with Roman ruins, foundations of medieval buildings and the original street level.
On Saturday morning, then, the tour of Alba can wander throughout the produce market set by the Slow Food organization.
- Private tour: it’s all for you, regardless if you are 2 or 25 people!
- Available every day!
- One of two underground archeological sites, depending on availability
- A professional tour guide (licensed and regularly updated)
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.
Length: about 3 hours with the underground site
Cancellation: full refund up to 24 hours before the tour
Private tour: yes
Kids and family friendly: yes
Physical activity: low. The walking tour is about 1 mile long
Meeting place: Piazza Garibaldi in front of Caffé Garibaldi (park your car there) or train station or your hotel
Tour of Alba and underground
Ramona C. – September 2019 (translated from Italian)
Paolo was terrific in the underground tour of the Cathedral. In our group we had some teens but their attention never dropped because the tour was not boring. Recommended!
Alba walking tour
E. G. – November 2018
Good tour. It would have been great to be able to explore more underground locations which were in private homes and closed on the day we were there. Alessandra did a great job. She was very
knowledgeable and friendly.
Debbie R. – July 2017
It was a wonderful tour and we learned so much. We would recommend this tour to others
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Professional tour guide, available up to 3 hours
Any entrance fee to underground sites (if required) will be communicated at time of booking (in average 3-4 € per person)
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Photo by: Guido Camera (view of Alba) e Niels Krarup Jessen (tower)