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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to discover the hidden gems of Alba: – Alba is a charming town in the Piedmont region of Italy, famous for its white truffles, wine, and Nutella. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, where you can admire the rolling hills of vineyards and medieval villages. Alba has a rich history that dates back to the Neolithic period and was once a Roman town called Alba Pompeia. It is also known as the “City of 100 Towers” because of its many defensive towers that were built in the Middle Ages. Alba is a great destination for foodies, wine lovers, and culture enthusiasts who want to explore the beauty and traditions of this area.

Corso Fratelli Bandiera is a street in Alba which runs from Via Via Luigi Einaudi to Via Vivaro. (Photos 1-2-3) – Via Pietrino Belli is a street in Alba which runs from Via Vivaro to Via Vittorio Emanuele. (Photos 4-5-9-10) – Vicolo del Pozzo is a street in Alba which runs from Pietrino Belli to Via Vincenzo Gioberti. (Photos 6-7-8) – Via Vittorio Emanuele is a street in Alba, that runs through the historical center of the city. It is one of the main shopping and commercial streets, where you can find many shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels. It is also a place of historical and cultural interest, as it features some of the most important buildings and monuments of Alba, such as The Do Building, a 15th-century palace that was the residence of the Do family, one of the most influential in Alba. It has a Gothic facade with a portico and a tower. It is now a museum that displays paintings, sculptures and furniture from different periods. – The Mermet Palace, a 17th-century palace that was the residence of the Mermet family, another prominent family in Alba. It has a Baroque facade with a balcony and a coat of arms. It is now the seat of the municipal library Photos (Photos 11-12-13-14-15)

The Cattedrale di San Lorenzo is the main Catholic church of Alba, and the seat of the Diocese of Alba. It is dedicated to Saint Lawrence, the patron saint of the city. The cathedral has a long and complex history, dating back to the 5th century, when the first church was built on the site. Over the centuries, it underwent several renovations and transformations, in different architectural styles, such as Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque. The current appearance of the cathedral is mostly the result of the 19th-century restoration by Edoardo Arborio Mella, who modified the exterior and the interior of the building. The cathedral is located in Piazza Risorgimento, also known as Piazza Duomo, in the historical center of Alba. (Photos 16-17-18-20) It is a majestic and imposing structure, made of red brick, with a facade divided into three sections by pillars corresponding to the three n ’Alba in the apse. The cathedral also has a crypt, a bell tower and an archaeological museum. The cathedral is a symbol of the history, culture and faith of Alba. It is a place of worship and art, where you can admire its beauty and learn about its past. (Photo 19)

Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour is a street in Alba, that connects Piazza Risorgimento (also known as Piazza Duomo) and Piazza Michele Ferrero. It is named after Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, who was a statesman and a leading figure in the Italian unification. The street is one of the most elegant and lively in the city, where you can find many shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels. ( Photos 21-22-23) – Piazza San Francesco d’Assisi is a square in Alba, Italy, that is named after the famous saint who was born and died in Assisi, a town in the Umbria region. The square is located in the historical center of Alba, near the Do Building and the Mermet Palace. It is a quiet and peaceful place, where you can relax and enjoy the view of the surrounding hills and vineyards. The square is also home to the Church of San Francesco, a 13th-century Gothic building that was originally part of a Franciscan convent. The church has a simple facade with a rose window and a portal. The interior has a single nave with frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries, depicting scenes from the life of Saint Francis and other saints. The church also has a wooden choir and an organ from the 18th century. The square and the church are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato. (Photo 24)

Piazza Elvio Pertinace is a square in Alba, Italy, that is named after the Roman emperor Publius Helvius Pertinax, who was born in Alba in 126 AD. His bust can be admired in the center of the square. The square is one of the most lively and attractive places in the historical center of Alba, surrounded by medieval buildings, towers and palaces (Photos 25-27-28) – The Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Giovanni Battista is the parish church of San Giovanni Battista in Alba, Italy. It is a 13th-century Gothic church that was restored in the 19th century. It has a beautiful facade with a rose window and a portal. The interior has frescoes, paintings and a wooden choir. The church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato (Photo 26) – Piazza Rossetti is a square in Alba, Italy, that is named after the poet and politician Gabriele Rossetti, who was born in Alba in 1783. He was the father of the famous Pre-Raphaelite artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Christina Rossetti. The square is located in the historical center of Alba, near the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the Do Building. It is a lively and attractive place, where you can find many shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels. The square is also a place of historical and cultural interest, as it features a bust of Gabriele Rossetti in the center of the square. The bust was sculpted by Giuseppe Cassano in 1895 and inaugurated by his son William Michael Rossetti. The square and the bust are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato. (Photos 29-30-31-32-33) – Via Acqui is a street in Alba which runs from Piazza Rossetti to Piazza Monsignor Luigi Grassi. (Photos 34-35)

Piazza Monsignor Luigi Grassi is a square in Alba, Italy, that is named after Monsignor Luigi Grassi, who was a bishop of Alba from 1923 to 1958. He was known for his pastoral and social work, especially during the World War II and the post-war period. The square is located in the historical center of Alba, near the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the Do Building. It is a small and quiet place, where you can find a bust of Monsignor Luigi Grassi in the center of the square. The square is also home to the Banco di Credito P.azzoaglio, a local bank that was founded in 1882 and has its headquarters in the square . (Photos 36-37-38) – Via Mons M. Gerolamo Vida is a street in Alba, that is close to the Piazza Risorgimento, the main square of the city. The street is named after Monsignor Marco Gerolamo Vida, who was a bishop of Alba from 1572 to 1576. He was also a poet and a humanist, who wrote Latin poems and dramas. The street is a quiet and charming place. (Photos 39-40-41-42) – Via Vida is a street in Alba which runs from Piazza Rossetti to Piazza Risorgimento. (Photo 43) – Via Antonio Coppa is a street in Alba which runs from Via Accademia to Via Vida. (Photo 44) – Via Teobaldo Calissano is a street in Alba which runs from Piazza Vittorio Veneto to Via dei Mille. (Photo 45) – Via Mandelli is a street in Alba which runs from Via Accademia, to Piazzetta Giovanni Falcone. (Photo 46) – Piazzetta Giovanni Falcone is a small square in Alba, Italy, that is named after Giovanni Falcone, who was an Italian judge and anti-mafia prosecutor. He was killed by a bomb attack in 1992, along with his wife and three bodyguards. The square is located near the Piazza Risorgimento, the main square of the city. It is a peaceful and green place, where you can find a monument dedicated to Giovanni Falcone and his colleagues. The monument consists of a bronze sculpture of a book with the names of the victims and a quote from Falcone: “Chi ha paura muore ogni giorno, chi non ha paura muore una volta sola” (“Those who are afraid die every day, those who are not afraid die only once”). The square is also home to the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena, a 17th-century Baroque church that has a beautiful facade with statues and a portal. The interior has frescoes, paintings and an organ. Piazzetta Giovanni Falcone is a place that reflects the history, culture and courage of Alba. It is a place where you can admire the memory and legacy of Giovanni Falcone and his fight against the mafia. It is also a place where you can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Alba. (Photos 47-48)

Alba Cusine:- Alba is a city that is famous for its cuisine, especially for its white truffle, wine and chocolate production. Alba is considered the capital of the Langhe, a region in Piedmont that is renowned for its gastronomic heritage and its UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vineyard Landscape. Some of the special dishes and products that you can find in Alba are: – Tajarin:- a type of thin and long egg pasta that is typical of the Langhe. It is usually served with butter, sage and grated white truffle, which is the most precious and aromatic variety of truffle – Bagna cauda:- a hot dip made of garlic, anchovies, olive oil and butter. It is eaten with raw or cooked vegetables, such as artichokes, peppers, onions and cardoons . – Vitello tonnato;- a cold dish of sliced veal covered with a creamy sauce made of tuna, mayonnaise, capers and lemon. It is often garnished with parsley and anchovies. – Bonet:- a dessert made of eggs, milk, sugar, cocoa, amaretti (almond cookies) and rum. It is baked in a mould and served with whipped cream or caramel sauce. – Barolo and Barbaresco:- two of the most famous and prestigious wines in Italy. They are both made from the Nebbiolo grape variety and have a ruby red color, a complex bouquet and a full-bodied taste. They are aged for at least three years in oak barrels and can be paired with meat, cheese and truffle dishes. – Nutella, the world-famous chocolate-hazelnut spread that was first made in Alba in 1964 by Pietro Ferrero. It is made from sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, milk and vanilla. It can be eaten on bread, croissants,

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Photo Gallery of Walk 1 – Corso Fratelli Bandiera to Piazza S. Francesco D’Assisi
Approximately 1.17 km – 0.73 miles

The walk starts in – Corso Fratelli Bandiera – Via Pietrino Belli – Vicolo del Pozzo – Walk back along Vicolo del Pozzo to Via Pietrino Belli – Via Vittorio Emanuele – Piazza Duomo – Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Via Vida, Piazza Duomo – Piazza Duomo – Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour – Piazza S. Francesco D’Assisi

Photo Gallery of Walk 2 – Piazza Elvio Pertinace to Piazzetta Giovanni Falcone
Approximately 1.15 km – 0.71 miles

The walk starts in – Piazza Elvio Pertinace – Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Giovanni Battista, Piazza Elvio Pertinace – Piazza Elvio Pertinace – Via Elvio Pertinace – Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour – Piazza Rossetti – Via Acqui – Piazza Monsignor Luigi Grassi – Via Mons M. Gerolamo Vida – Via Vida – Via Antonio Coppa – Via Teobaldo Calissano – Via Mandelli – Piazzetta Giovanni Falcone