The “Underground Alba” 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
- Scheduled dates. In the scheduled dates the visits are led in Italian language and a written translation in English is available for foreign visitors. To book click here.
- For other dates contact us.
The tour begins in front of the Tourist Office in Piazza Risorgimento n.2, Alba.
Participants are asked to gather at the meeting point for registration 15 minutes before the starting time.
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Booking is mandatory in advance and must be done in written form.
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Please note that the itinerary will vary according to the day selected (click here to know the itineraries).
The journey foresees to reach 3 of the 32 the archaeological and monumental sites of the city and it ends in the “F. Eusebio” Museum.
GIVEAWAY AND BENEFITS
To the 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 San Giuseppe church.
(these include the tickets for the Museum Eusebio and of each archaeological site)
- INDIVIDUALS in the scheduled dates:
- full price: € 10 (Italian tour with written texts in English)
- reduced price (with reservation in advance): € 8 (helpers of disabled people)
- free admission: under 10 years old and disabled people
The visit is led by an archaeologist in Italian with written translation in English
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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.