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A Local's Guide to Alba, Italy

Describe who you are in 3 sentences:
My name is Marta Brero and I work in the hospitality industry in Paris. I worked at UNESCO, I am passionated about global citizenship education and I consider myself a global citizen. I believe in kindness and a smiling attitude.

What is your relation to this city?
Alba and the surrounding hill region called Langhe, in northern Italy Piedmont, is my hometown, I was born there and lived there for my first 20 years, before moving for my studies.

Best experience?
It is the land of Nutella, Barolo, truffle, Slow Food movement and slow countryside living, best experiences are the long walks in the vineyards admiring a mesmerizing landscape, every season showcasing a different kind of beauty.

Weirdest experience?
Weirdest and funniest, driving up and down the hills singing with friends after a dancing night.

Your top 3 hangout spots?
The Lebanese Ceddar, an old tree planted as symbol of love on top of a hill in Annunziata of La Morra, perfect for a pic-nic, the colourful Barolo Chapel of artists Sol-Lewitt and David Tremlett in La Morra, the Big Benches in Monforte, Dogliani, La Morra.



Favourite restaurants?
Cà del Re in Verduno, Iride in Roddino, Enoclub/Caffè Umberto in Alba and Campac in Barbaresco.

Best date place?
The Belvedere of Verduno, a panoramic green point on top of the village. 

Best Sunday spot?
A bike tour and a glass of wine at Le Case della Saracca in Monforte.

If you were to live in another place, where would that be and why?
I actually live someplace else, I live in Paris, I love the energy and the way of living of this city.

Where is your escape place from this city?
Alba is one hour driving distance both from the seaside, Varigotti is the nicest place, and from the Alps mountains, Limone or Prato Nevoso the best for ski lovers.

Best 5 local advices?
1. Try Tajarin with truffle during fall Truffle Fair.
2. A coffee at Caffetteria Vicolo dell'Arco, Alba.
3. A visit to art residence of Francesco Brero and an aperitivo at Casa Ciabotto in Verduno.
4. A “carne cruda” and glass of Barolo at Vincafè.
5. A glass of Pelaverga from Castello di Verduno.
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