ALBA_2The city of truffles, wine, nougat and other culinary delights, it is nestled in a small valley at the foot of the hills of the Langhe Basse. Alba, founded by the ancient Ligurians, was inhabited by the Gauls and the Romans, becoming a fief in the Middle Ages important and contested. The old town is surrounded by Roman walls, and between the narrow streets still rise towers of the fortified houses built in the Middle Ages to the defense of the richest families. The Gothic cathedral, dedicated to St. Lawrence, was erected in the ’400 on a primitive church of the Roman era, and remodeled several times (the front, except the ancient portals, it is 1878). The city’s medieval past is commemorated every year with parades of “Donkey Race” and the “Carousel of a hundred spiers”, in October. At the same time there is the “National Truffle Fair”.