History, art and curiosities in the town centre of Alba
Exploring on foot the historical town center of the so called "capital of the Langhe hills", you travel back in time, from the first Neolithic settlement of the local tribes, to the powerful Roman city, founded around 173 BC and hometown of one of the Roman Emperors. Alba has a small but charming and wealthy old town, where we can step inside the Baroque church of the Dominican nouns, one of the four monastic orders to be spotted in this two hours tour. Next is the Cathedral, boasting a precious wooden inlaid choir dating back 1512. We will admire tall medieval towers and noble palaces, learning about some of the local's most important personalities, like the father of Nutella, the founder of the truffle fair and those young partisans who fought for the independence of Alba during the Nazism occupation.
Depending on availability, some underground ruins can be visited (Roman streets, domus and more): their availability will be confirmed at time of booking, because they are located under private buildings.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The walking tour usually starts in via Cavour at the corner with Piazza Garibaldi. Further details will be provided at time of booking. If you need to start the tour in a different location (like your hotel) please let me know at time of booking.
End location: The walking tour will give you orientation and suggestions about things to do on your free time. We usually end in Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral square) but don't hesitate to ask if you need to end the tour at any specific location and I will try to accomodate your request.
Duration: 2 hours
This is a walking tour. Expect to walk about 1 mile. Alba is mostly flat and there are only few steps along the way and/or to enter shops and historical buildings. Transportation to/from meeting place is not included.
Two hours walking tour of the city centre of Alba.
My services as Local Guide.
Roman underground ruins are all located under private buildings such as banks and private homes, typically closed on weekends and with restricted opening times. Their availability is limited. In any case the tour is offers a complete overview even in case we are not able to enter the underground areas.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 EUR - Donations and/or tips to churches attendants.
Any personal expense, such as shopping, tastings, ticket entrances of any museum and/or exhibitions, meals, transportation costs.
•I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.