Alessandria is a beautiful city located between Turin, Genoa, and Milan, the position is very strategic for tourists.
Alexandria was built to be a military city and a huge fortress against the advance of Frederick Barbarossa in Italy.
You can still see the traces of the fortress in the city but still, even though the military impact that this had is still a fascinating city.
The city lies between two rivers called Tanaro and Bormida, on the river banks you can find a lot of beautiful palaces and monuments.
If you are looking to visit a city with not a lot of tourists located not too far from the biggest cities of Turin, Genoa and Milan Alessandria are what you need.
The city is very clean and nice-looking, read on this guide of Alessandria to discover where to go and what to eat.
Everything starts from Piazza Garibaldi which is the place where people from there meetup and considered the most beautiful square of Alessandria.
Once you are in the square you will be surrounded by awesome buildings and architectures and the famous Arco di Trionfo.
Then you definitely want to go visit the Citadel of Alessandria which is the most important military fortress in Europe that is still intact.
Built by the Savoys on the banks of the Tanaro, it still looks like it was just built and its shape is a star surrounded only by the countryside and the flat land.
In Piazza Della Libertà there are the most majestic palaces of Alessandria with the Town Hall, the Palazzo Delle Poste, and the Palazzo Della Prefettura!
This last one is a sort of small palace with frescoes, mirrors, over-doors and eighteenth-century chimneys.
The city is very clean and a lot of things can be seen by walking or biking around the city. There is a good atmosphere, the only bad thing is that the climate is not the best.
In fact, in Alessandria, they have rainy and foggy winters and hot and humid summers. There are people who love foggy winters and going to visit the citadel with the fog is definitely something nice.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Palazzo Ghilini is another great palace to go visit, this is a Baroque-style palace considered the best monument in the city and the best example of the 18th-century palace in the world.
The most representative dishes of Alessandria, in addition to the classic agnolotti and the Brasato, is a popular recipe called the chicken Alla Marengo.
This chicken is seasoned with crayfish and eggs, the Rabaton, small rolls of ricotta with herbs boiled in hot water and then baked au gratin, with butter and sage cheese.
You will be able to find this dish only in Alessandria and a lot of people find it very good and tasty.
The Farinata that is also called “Bela Cauda”, or a chickpea cake is another traditional dish from Alessandria that you can find everywhere.
All the dishes of the province of Alessandria are influenced equally by the Piedmontese tradition, as well as by the Ligurian one.
The food in Alessandria is very good and if you go to certain restaurants it can be also very cheap because not a lot of tourists are visiting this city.
If you are a person who likes food, Italy is the best place to be because everywhere you will go food will be awesome.
If you want to check out some recipes here is a good link of these plates:
Alessandria is a very nice city located halfway from Genoa, Milan, and Turin. Here you will find the most important citadel in the world.
This is the only military architecture that is still preserved in our times and that you can visit and explore.
If you like to have great food and visiting some of the most majestic palaces in the region Alessandria is the city you need to visit.
It can be visited in one day or two and there plenty of things to do.
Because of the position of this city is a nice gateway for one day if you travel from Genoa to Milan r from Turin to Milan.
I really enjoy going o Alessandria and eat some chicken while exploring the most beautiful military citadel in the world.
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