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Monuments

  • The Citadel (18th century)
  • The church of Santa Maria di Castello (14th and 15th century)
  • The church of Santa Maria del Carmine (15th century)
  • Palazzo Ghilini (1733)
  • Università del Piemonte Orientale

Museums

  • The Marengo Battle Museum
  • Antiquarium Forum Fulvii
  • Sale d'arte
  • I percorsi del Museo Civico
  • Museo del Fiume
  • Museo di Scienze Naturali e Planetario
  • Museo Etnografico "C'era una volta"
  • Museo del Cappello Borsalino


Sistema dei musei civici

Events

  • The annual Fraskettando SkaBluesJazz Festival (official web site), which takes place on the first weekend of July, has showcased the Blues Brothers, Eddie Floyd
    Eddie Floyd
    Eddie Lee Floyd is an American soul/R&B singer and songwriter, best known for his work on the Stax record label in the 1960s and 1970s and the song "Knock on Wood".-Biography:...

    , Al Di Meola
    Al Di Meola
    Al Di Meola is an acclaimed American jazz fusion and Latin guitarist, composer, and record producer of Italian origin. With a musical career that has spanned more than three decades, he has become respected as one of the most influential guitarists in jazz to date...

    , Taj Mahal
    Taj Mahal
    The Taj Mahal is a white Marble mausoleum located in Agra, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal...

    , Soft Machine
    Soft Machine
    Soft Machine were an English rock band from Canterbury, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene, and helped pioneer the progressive rock genre...

    , Mario Biondi
    Mario Biondi
    Mario Biondi is an Italian writer, poet, literary critic, journalist and translator. His reputation is mainly due to the novel Gli occhi di una donna, which earned him the important Italian award Premio Campiello in 1985...

    , Mick Abrahams
    Mick Abrahams
    Michael Timothy 'Mick' Abrahams was the original guitarist for Jethro Tull. He recorded the album This Was with the band in 1968, but conflicts between Abrahams and Ian Anderson over the musical direction of the band led Abrahams to leave once the album was finished...

     & Clive Bunker
    Clive Bunker
    Clive William Bunker is a British rock drummer. He was the original drummer in the British band Jethro Tull....

     and many others.
  • Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition
    Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition
    The "Michele Pittaluga" International Classical Guitar Competition is an annual music competition for young classical guitarists held in Alessandria, Italy. It was founded in 1968 and has earned an international reputation, entering membership of the World Federation of International Music...

     Premio Città di Alessandria
  • International Rally "Madonnina dei Centauri".official web site

Transport


Alessandria railway station
Alessandria railway station
Alessandria railway station serves the city and comune of Alessandria, in the Piedmont region, northwestern Italy. Opened in 1850, it forms part of the Turin–Genoa railway, and is also a junction for six other lines, to Piacenza, Arona, Pavia, Cavallermaggiore, Ovada and San Giuseppe di Cairo,...

, opened in 1850, forms part of the Turin–Genoa railway. It is also a junction
Junction (rail)
A junction, in the context of rail transport, is a place at which two or more rail routes converge or diverge.This implies a physical connection between the tracks of the two routes , 'points' and signalling.one or two tracks each meet at a junction, a fairly simple layout of tracks suffices to...

 for six other lines, to Piacenza, Arona, Pavia, Cavallermaggiore, Ovada and San Giuseppe di Cairo, respectively.

People born in Alessandria


  • Saint Baudolino
    Saint Baudolino
    Saint Baudolino was a hermit who lived at the time of the Lombard king Liutprand in Forum Fulvii , a locality on the lower reaches of the river Tanaro in north-west Italy. He is said to have been the son of a noble family, but to have given all his wealth to the poor before moving to a miserable...

     (c.700–c.740), hermit of Forum Fulvii
    Forum Fulvii
    Forum Fulvii was a small but flourishing Ligurian/Celtic first, then Roman settlement on the Via Fulvia, a road of north-west Italy, probably laid out by M. Fulvius Flaccus, consul in 125 BCE, from Dertona to Hasta Pompeia...

  • Francesco Filiberti (15th century), sculptor
  • Georgius Merula
    Georgius Merula
    Georgius Merula was an Italian humanist and classical scholar born in Alessandria in Piedmont. The greater part of his life was spent in Venice and Milan, where he held a professorship and continued to teach until his death...

     (c. 1430–1494), humanist
    Humanism
    Humanism is an approach in study, philosophy, world view or practice that focuses on human values and concerns. In philosophy and social science, humanism is a perspective which affirms some notion of human nature, and is contrasted with anti-humanism....

  • Giovanni Mazzoni (15th–16th century), painter
  • Giorgio Soleri (16th century), painter
  • Giuseppe Vermiglio
    Giuseppe Vermiglio
    Giuseppe Vermiglio was a Caravaggist painter from Northern Italy, active also in Rome.Our knowledge of Vermiglio’s life is sketchy. It is probable that he was born in Alessandria...

     (16th–17th centuries), painter
  • Giovanni Migliara
    Giovanni Migliara
    Giovanni Migliara , was a nobleman and Italian painter who was active at the beginning of the 19th century.- Biography :...

     (1785–1837), painter
  • Andrea Vochieri (1796–1833), patriot
  • Urbano Rattazzi
    Urbano Rattazzi
    Urbano Pio Francesco Rattazzi was an Italian statesman.-Biography:He was born in Alessandria . He studied law at Turin, and in 1838 began his practice, which met with marked success at the capital and Casale. In 1848, Rattazzi was sent to the Sardinian chamber of deputies in Turin as...

     (1808–1873), statesman of the Risorgimento
  • Francesco Faà di Bruno
    Francesco Faà di Bruno
    Francesco Faà di Bruno was an Italian mathematician and priest, born at Alessandria. He was of noble birth, and held, at one time, the rank of captain-of-staff in the Sardinian Army. He is the eponym of Faà di Bruno's formula...

     (1825–1888), mathematician and priest
  • Virginia Marini (1844–1918), actress
  • Angelo Morbelli
    Angelo Morbelli
    Angelo Morbelli was an Italian painter.-Biography:A grant from the City Council of Alessandria enabled Morbelli to enrol at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan, in 1867. He was awarded the Fumagalli Prize at the Brera exhibition of 1883 for Last Days as well as a gold medal at the Paris...

     (1854–1919), painter
  • Blessed
    Beatification
    Beatification is a recognition accorded by the Catholic Church of a dead person's entrance into Heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in his or her name . Beatification is the third of the four steps in the canonization process...

     Teresa Grillo Michel (1855–1944), founder of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of Divine Providence.
  • Sibilla Aleramo
    Sibilla Aleramo
    Sibilla Aleramo was an Italian author and feminist best known for her autobiographical depictions of life as a woman in late 19th century Italy.- Life and career :Born Rina Faccio in Alessandria, Piedmont...

     (1876–1960), painter
  • Pietro Morando (1889–1980), painter
  • Giovanni Ferrari
    Giovanni Ferrari
    Giovanni Ferrari was an Italian football player. He played 125 times for Juventus F.C and scored 35 goals for the club...

     (1907–1982), footballer
  • Walter Audisio
    Walter Audisio
    Walter Audisio was an Italian partisan and communist politician. He was responsible for the death of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.- Biography :...

     (1909–1973), partisan
  • Franco Sassi
    Franco Sassi
    Franco Sassi was an Italian painter, printmaker and engraver.- Biography :He started his career as a graphic designer at the time when lithographic engraving was still made on the Alois Senefelder stone...

     (1912–1993), painter
  • Umberto Eco
    Umberto Eco
    Umberto Eco Knight Grand Cross is an Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist, best known for his novel The Name of the Rose , an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory...

     (born 1932), writer
  • Gianni Rivera
    Gianni Rivera
    Giovanni Rivera is an Italian former football midfielder, mostly as an offensive playmaker, who was awarded the Ballon d'Or, one of the most prestigious individual awards in football, in 1969. He played the majority of his career with Serie A side A.C. Milan...

     (born 1943), footballer
  • Gian Luigi Bonelli
    Gian Luigi Bonelli
    Giovanni Luigi Bonelli , was an Italian comic book author and writer.Born in Milan, he is best remembered as the co-creator of Tex Willer, together with artist Aurelio Galleppini. His son Sergio Bonelli was also a comic book writer, as well as the publisher of Tex Willer series until his own death...

     (1908–2001), Italian comic book author and writer
  • Marta Gastini
    Marta Gastini
    Marta Gastini is an Italian actress, best known for her supporting role in the 2011 film The Rite.-Life and career:...

     (born 1989), actress
  • José Rinaldi (1925-2011)

Twin towns — Sister cities


Alessandria is twinned with: Argenteuil
Argenteuil
Argenteuil is a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located from the center of Paris. Argenteuil is a sub-prefecture of the Val-d'Oise department, the seat of the arrondissement of Argenteuil....

, France
France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

, since 1960 Jericho
Jericho
Jericho ; is a city located near the Jordan River in the West Bank of the Palestinian territories. It is the capital of the Jericho Governorate and has a population of more than 20,000. Situated well below sea level on an east-west route north of the Dead Sea, Jericho is the lowest permanently...

, West Bank
West Bank
The West Bank ) of the Jordan River is the landlocked geographical eastern part of the Palestinian territories located in Western Asia. To the west, north, and south, the West Bank shares borders with the state of Israel. To the east, across the Jordan River, lies the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan...

, since 2004 Hradec Králové
Hradec Králové
Hradec Králové is a city of the Czech Republic, in the Hradec Králové Region of Bohemia. The city's economy is based on food-processing technology, photochemical, and electronics manufacture. Traditional industries include musical instrument manufacturing – the best known being PETROF pianos...

, Czech Republic
Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe. The country is bordered by Poland to the northeast, Slovakia to the east, Austria to the south, and Germany to the west and northwest....

, since 1961 Karlovac
Karlovac
Karlovac is a city and municipality in central Croatia. The city proper has a population of 49,082, while the municipality has a population of 59,395 inhabitants .Karlovac is the administrative centre of Karlovac County...

, Croatia
Croatia
Croatia , officially the Republic of Croatia , is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic in Europe at the crossroads of the Mitteleuropa, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean. Its capital and largest city is Zagreb. The country is divided into 20 counties and the city of Zagreb. Croatia covers ...

, since 1963 Rosario
Rosario
Rosario is the largest city in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. It is located northwest of Buenos Aires, on the western shore of the Paraná River and has 1,159,004 residents as of the ....

, Argentina
Argentina
Argentina , officially the Argentine Republic , is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires...

, since 1988 Alba Iulia
Alba Iulia
Alba Iulia is a city in Alba County, Transylvania, Romania with a population of 66,747, located on the Mureş River. Since the High Middle Ages, the city has been the seat of Transylvania's Roman Catholic diocese. Between 1541 and 1690 it was the capital of the Principality of Transylvania...

, Romania
Romania
Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe, on the Lower Danube, within and outside the Carpathian arch, bordering on the Black Sea...

, since 1990

See also

  • Villa del Foro, a western suburb of the town which was the site of a Roman settlement.

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