THE PROJECT

The “Alba Underground” project was launched in Spring of 2011. It is administrated by “Ambiente & Cultura” and co-ordinated by the Museum “F. Eusebio” of Alba, with the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and of the Archaeological Superintendence of Piedmont and MAE. The 2013 profits have been destined to the restore of the Mastodon of Verduno, a fossil partially destroyed by an illegal excavation, and to the safeguard of Tanaro river paleontologic heritage.

Since the time of Alba Pompeia (that was the name of the city during the Roman times), the historic centre of the city has seen a sequence of generations of town, belonging to different civilization, one after the other, in the same place .  The medieval town grew up on the ruins pertaining to the Roman period, the modern town took its place without cancelling it completely, and so on, we arrived at today’s town that still retains the urban shape of Alba Pompeia. Many things have remained in the heart of the underground city as evidence of the past two thousand years of history. A few meters below the streets and the sidewalks, there are fragments of lost cities which constitute the rich heritage of the F. Eusebio Museum and of the archaeological and architectural city path. The ancient temple, the roman age theatre and main square, the first baptismal font, the lost medieval towers..

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WHEN AND WHERE

  •   Groups can request any date on booking.

Please note, the tour will only take place if a minimum of 20 people participate. Prebooking is essential. Depending on demand, it is possible to activate more than one tour at a time. The tour begins at the Tourist Office in Piazza Risorgimento at the scheduled time. Participants are asked to gather at the meeting point for registration 15 minutes prior to the starting time.

BOOKING

Booking is mandatory and must be done  by the week  preceding the tour.

Booking  must be done (by groups) via e-mail: info@ambientecultura.it 

ITINERARY

Please note that the itinerary will vary according to the day selected. The journey foresees to reach 3 of the 32 the archaeological and monumental sites of the city and it ends with the TREASURES OF THE TANARO exhibition where the fossils, millions of years old, of the Mastodon of Verduno and the Whale of Alba can be admired. Please consult www.ambientecultura.it for updates or changes in our itinerary.

 

GIVEAWAY AND BENEFITS

participants will be given a free archeo-map of the city and a free pass to the Eusebio museum. Reduced-price ticket (0,50€) to the San Giuseppe bell tower where participants can enjoy the panoramic overview. It is also possible to purchase some publications at a lower price in the museum.

 

TICKET PRICES

(these include the tickets for  the Museum Eusebio and of each archaeological site)

 

  •   GROUPS (with reservation) at any desired date  (20 – 35 visitors, excluding complimentary ticket):

full price and reduced price tickets: € 10

The visit is led by an archaeologist in English or French

 

It is strongly advised to use appropriate footwear. The organizers are not responsible for accidents or loss or damage to private property during the excursion. Booked tours will take place under any weather conditions.

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