Alba: Italy's Beautiful Food Epicenter Famous for White Truffles

Ryan Shannon

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What’s There to See?

If you’re looking for a picturesque, walkable town with plenty of high-quality, artisanal wine shops and rare white truffles, Alba is for you.

You’ll be able to explore Alba entirely by foot from end-to-end of the city. The streets are lined with fascinating, classically Italian architecture with a pace of life that’s much slower than Turin.

Alba is claimed to be the gourmet capital of Piedmont. If you’re a foodie, you need to go to Alba and see what’s on the menu! If you want to try the white truffles that Alba is famous for, get ready to spend quite a bit — some dishes cost hundreds of euros!

Fortunately, you can find high-quality wines that are produced in the area like Dolcetto, Barbera, and Nebbiolo that aren’t too expensive.

As you stroll through the city, you’ll be amazed at how many churches are contained within its small walls. For a city of just 30,000 people, there are several historic churches within its city walls.

This is especially beautiful to see during the Christmas season when many host incredibly ornate nativity scenes.

One church, Chiesa di San Giuseppe, offers a bell tower climb for just 1 euro — and it’s worth the climb! This hidden gem allows you to see all of Alba, though it’s not for the faint of heart. The steps are antique, narrow and made of incredibly thin cement slabs.

How to Get There

Since Northern Italy has a convenient railway system, you can board a train from Porta Susa and arrive in Alba in just an hour and a half.

Alternatively, there are some BlaBla car users who publish their trips to Alba (though don’t bank on this method — there are far more BlaBla car users between the big cities e.g. Genova and Milan, rather than small towns like Alba).

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