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Not to be confused with Alba, the Gaelic name for Scotland.

Alba is a town in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, Italy, with a population of 30,000.


Alba was inhabited before Roman rule by Celtic and Ligurian tribal people. Under Roman rule, the area was the site of a town called Alba Pompeia. In the middle ages, the town was part of the Lombard league. For the next several centuries, parts of the region were invaded, occupied, and annexed by small Italian states, Spain, the Duchy of Savoy, and France, being secured as part of the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1814. In the last years of World War II, when Italy was torn by a violent civil war between fascists and anti-fascists, local partisans declared Alba to be a republic independent from fascist rule, though this independence only lasted a few weeks.

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From Torino hourly trains run from all the main terminals (1hr, 5.75€).

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  • 14th-15th century towers. Alba was once known as the city with a hundred towers.
  • Palazzo Comunale.
  • Alba Cathedral of San Lorenzo.
  • Baroque Church of St. John the Baptist.
  • Gothic church of San Domenico.


Every summer, Alba is the location of a two-week classical music festival usually featuring Italian and American vocal and choral works, chamber music, and orchestral music.




The area has many vineyards, and local wines include Asti, Barbaresco, Dolcetto d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba, and Barolo.


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