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.
From Torino hourly trains run from all the main terminals (1hr, 5.75€).
- 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.
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- La Bottega del Vicoletto, Via Bertero, 6, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. A beautiful prepared food supplier with six tables in the back where they will serve you one of their full menus for dinner. Up to €50.
- Enostizioteca Conterosso, Via Pierino Belli, 4/c (angolo Via Maestra), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A small, pleasant restaurant, which makes one of the finest rabbit stews in this part of Italy. €20-€30 per person.
The area has many vineyards, and local wines include Asti, Barbaresco, Dolcetto d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba, and Barolo.
- L'Antico Asilo, Via Mazzini 13, Serralunga d'Alba, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. Utterly charming, reasonably priced, very friendly.
- Villa Tiboldi, Case Sparse, 127, 12043 Canale, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This prototypical Italian villa was underrated until Paul Allen rented all nine rooms for the Turin Winter Olympics.
- Hotel Villa Beccaris, Via Bava Beccaris, 1 - 12065 Monforte d'Alba, ☎ . 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.