Alba capital of the Langhe

Alba is the capital of the Langhe, homeland of great red wines such as Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto and Barbera but also of cool whites such as Arneis : they represent the best way to enjoy excellent cured meats, delicious cheese, handmade pasta. This is only a small demonstration of the peculiarity of this unique area. Alba is the showcase of the Langhe region where the pride of being albese is tangible in the downtown shops as well as in the daily stroll ending with an aperitif with friends to make plans for the evening.

Via Maestra(via Vittorio Emanuele in the land register records) is the main street where visitors can find plenty of shops selling culinary specialities , wine-bars with labels reasonably priced, bars to enjoy the pleasure of being among historical buildings, Baroque churches and Medieval Towers. If besides the desire of drinking excellent wine and tasting unique food you are “hungry” of architecture then many places of worship worth a visit may be found . Starting from piazza Savona and leaving it behind you: on the left, Santa Cosma and Damiano Church originally built on Roman ruins and then re-built in 1760 by the Earl Rongone di Montelupo. This is an intimate church full of pictorial Baroque statements. A magnificent organ may be also appreciated . 

The beautiful Santa Maria Maddalena Church stands out a few steps away. Built in 1700 on the design of architect Bernando Antonio Vittone, it is an excellent Baroque example. Its vault is decorated to the Glory of the Saints and behind the high altar there is the Nuns’ choir where a fine wooden Holy Cross is visible. At that time, the church was directly connected with the Dominican convent so as to allow the enclosed nuns to enter the church without being seen.Walking along via Maestra, you can see and visit many shops located in historical buildings dating back to the 16th century and belonging to rich merchants and nobles of that period. Moving along a shop window and a church, visitors can discover many meeting places where local wines along with tajarin pasta and - in due season – the magnificent white truffle can be tasted.

Via Maestra merges into Piazza del Duomo where the Romanesque Cathedral which dates back to the 12th – 13th century stands elegant and beautiful. The current appearance of the cathedral is the result of many additions and modifications accomplished over the past centuries. The Latin-cross church develops over one nave and two aisles. The altar piece of Francesco Beaumont dedicated to the glory of San Lorenzo martyr accessible through a staircase , the wooden choir created by Bernardino da Cologno dated 1512 and the ark of the San Teobaldo Chapel are all worthy of admiration. The vault frescoed by Milocco in 1760 which leads visitors in the deep-blue and gold starry sky is beautiful. There are also many places where private meditation and contemplation among worship images together with participating in the High Mass to appreciate the grave and important notes of the impressive organ of the cathedral are possible .
Many fine-architecture buildings such as the Town Hall overlook piazza del Duomo from where via Cavour – dedicated to the famous Italian statesman who in 1832 moved to Grinzane in his family estate – starts. Here again, fine buildings, restaurants, bars and shops can be found and visited.Leaving the town and going for some kilometers towards the hills will give you the opportunity to enjoy a breathtaking view of Alba in particular at sunset. Alba, beyond its intrinsic beauty is also the venue of the National Fair of the White Truffle (October), Alba Jazz (June) and the annual Alba Film Festival (established in 2001).