Alba is a nice day trip, about 30 miles SE, from Turin. We got there by both train and taxi, because we missed our train transfer and had to taxi the last 10 miles. We were there on a beautiful October day, perfect timing for Fiera del Tartufo, the white truffle festival.
Alba is a cute medieval city with narrow cobbled streets. It is packed with people during the Festival.
Our first business was lunch! The price of white truffles was out of our price range, so we chose pasta with black truffles. Totally delicious!
If we had opted for white truffles, they bring out a scale, weigh the truffle in front of you, shave off what you want onto your pasta, then weigh the truffle again. You pay for the difference. The table next to us had 80 euros worth of white truffle on their spaghetti!
After lunch we spent the afternoon visiting all sorts of food booths around the town.
Alba is also known for Chocolates, but this day was all about truffles.
The white truffles for sale are displayed like jewels. Note the prices – That’s 90 to 250 euros for a fist size truffle.
The black ones are much more affordable.
We bought tickets online beforehand to go into the International Truffle Market.
Near the end of our visit we were just in time and in the right place for a parade of the neighborhoods of Alba.
Our travel friend bought a souvenir – truffle potato chips! We all enjoyed them along with one black truffle and some truffle cream which we made up for dinner back at our apartment in Turin.