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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. Today, the town is known for its historic churches and UNESCO-recognized gastronomy.

Get in[edit]

Map of Alba

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

Get around[edit]

Alba is small enough that you can walk easily from place to place, though you'll see locals occasionally using bicycles or motorbikes.


  • 14th-15th century towers. Alba was once known as the city with a hundred towers.
  • 1 Palazzo Comunale. Town hall of Alba (Q113483085) on Wikidata
  • 2 Alba Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Alba Cathedral (Q2266071) on Wikidata Alba Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • 3 Baroque Church of St. John the Baptist. San Giovanni Battista (Q37890418) on Wikidata
  • 4 Gothic church of San Domenico. (Q118641477) on Wikidata


In late spring, usually from late May to early June, Alba is the location of a two-week classical music festival featuring mostly Italian and American performances of vocal and choral works, chamber music, and orchestral music in the city's medieval churches. People come from all over to listen. This is definitely something worth seeing for classical music lovers.


Alba has many small shops where you can buy wine, fresh food and produce, or souvenirs. On the weekends there's a large open-air market centered around the municipal parking lot along the Piazza Gugielmo Marconi.


There are also numerous osterie, or rather informal establishments that serve wine and local culinary specialties.


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

  • 1 Fracchia & Berchialla Snc, Via Vernazza, 9. A store for fine wine.
  • 2 Hemingway, Via Mandelli, 3. A pleasant bar with a wide variety of wine and cocktails. Also serves food.


  • 1 Villa Tiboldi, Case Sparse, 127, 12043 Canale, +39 0173 970388, fax: +39 0173 959233, . This prototypical Italian villa was underrated until Paul Allen rented all nine rooms for the Turin Winter Olympics.
  • 2 Hotel Villa Beccaris, Via Bava Beccaris, 1 - 12065 Monforte d'Alba, +39 017 378158. Romantic 4 star hotel in an 18th century villa, located on the top of a hill, a few steps from Monforte d'Alba. Room rates from €160.

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