It’s that time of the year again!
White truffles are back and Alba is the place to be.
The annual Alba Truffle Fair starts tomorrow and will continue until the 13th November.
Every weekend during this time, thousands of people will visit the market place in Cortile della Maddalena, just off Alba’s main street, Via Vittorio Emanuele, where truffles of all shapes and sizes are on display and available for sale. The aroma is intoxicating!
Local products from this area, known as the Langhe and the neighbouring Roero district are also on display. Remember that this is the home of slow food movement and the local produce is superb. Look for cheese from Castelmagno, tasty salamis, local hazelnuts, tajarin pasta and of course, the famous wines of the area.
The first Sunday in October is also the day chosen for the Palio degli Asini, the famous race around Piazza Osvaldo Cagnasso between representatives of the nine boroughs of Alba. It is similar to Siena’s Palio except that instead of horses, donkeys are used.
There are many exhibitions and activities on during this time. The Alba Tourist Office is excellent and the staff are only too happy to help you with any information or you can check the fair’s website : www.fieradeltartufo.org
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