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Alba, Piedmont

Truffles, wine, and chocolate

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Alba is a town in the Langhe wine and truffle area of northern Italy’s Piedmont region that’s a great foodie destination. Alba is famous for its white truffle fairs held in October and November but it’s also known for wine and chocolate. The Piedmont region is known as the area where chocolate for eating originated and Alba is where making chocolate began. Today chocolate-maker Ferraro is still based  in Alba.

In the historic center, see the Romanesque cathedral, Gothic church of San Domenico with traces of Renaissance frescoes, and the 13th century Palazzo Communale. Once known for its 100 towers, only a few remain today, dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. Alba is a good town for shopping, wine tasting, and eating, with a number of good restaurants from which to choose.


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