Alba is a city and commune of Piedmont in the province of Cuneo in Italy. Most famous for its peach, white truffle and wine production, the town is considered the capital of Langhe. The famous Ferrero confectionary group is also based in the city. It covers an area of just 54 square kilometers and has a population of around 36 thousand people. Alba is built on the site of Alba Pompeia, an ancient site most likely founded by the Romans ? birthplace of Publius Helvius Pertinax who was a Roman emperor. The economy of Alba is based largely around traditional agriculture as well as wine manufacturing. There are around 290 wineries in the area that produce in excess of 60 thousand hectoliters of wine annually.
Alba was once known as the "city with a hundred towers" and this can be seen by some of the original 14th and 15th century towers that still stand today. Throughout the city of Alba, its long and rich history can be seen through the sites the city offers tourists. Parts of the Roman city gates still remain today and some of the edifices with marble and mosaics still stand and can be seen around the modern city. Along with this, visitors to Alba often enjoy visiting the Bishops Palace - The Palazzo Comunale which was built in the 13th century.
The Roman styled Alba Cathedral of San Lorenzo was built in the 1100s and is assumed that it stands over holy edifices of Roman Age. In the 15th century, Bishop Andrea Novelli restructured it as did several others after him. The Alba Cathedral as it stands today is restored from the 19th century and consists of three portals and a crypt. Visitors also enjoy the wood carved chorus housed in the Cathedral. Other churches of interest are the Gothic Church of San Domenico and the Baroque Church of St John the Baptist which houses the famous Madonna with Saints by Macrinod?Alba.