We are now in Alba. Alba is a town and commune of Piedmont, in the province of Cuneo. It is considered the capital of the UNESCO Human Heritage hilly area of Langhe, and is famous for its white truffle, peach and wine production.
We had good weather and time to explore the town before dinner. The next morning we were going to leave on foot for our 6 days walk in the Langhe, an area of rolling hills. You will see the beauty of it on my following posts.
We did not have to walk very far from our hotel to find an interesting pedestrian street with shops and cafes. From Via Roma we turned left to go on Via Vittorio Emanuele. Such names for streets are found in every cities across Italy. On the right of the following photo is the church Santa Maria Maddalena.
Always a church to visit. Almost more than one in every city. This is the Cathedral San Lorenzo.
A beautiful ceiling.
We went in a store selling all kind of products made with truffle . You see the truffles on the following photo. There are white truffles and black truffles. The “white truffle” or “trifola d’Alba Madonna” (“Truffle of the White Mother” in Italian) is found mainly in the Langhe and Montferrat areas of the Piedmont region. Black truffles are harvested in late autumn and winter.
Did you know that you can find the Ferrero chocolate factory in Alba ? Pietro Ferrero, who owned a bakery in Alba , an area known for the production of hazelnuts, sold an initial batch of 300 kilograms (660 lb) of “Pasta Gianduja” in 1946. Ferrero used hazelnuts, which are plentiful in the Piedmont region of Italy , to extend the chocolate supply because cocoa was in short supply due to World War II rationing. His son, Michele modified the initial product; it was renamed “Nutella”. The first jar of Nutella left the factory in Alba on 20 April 1964.
We’ll be back in Alba later. This was a quick visit. And on my next post, we are going for a 16 km walk. I hope you’re coming with me. You will like it…
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