…that was what my lovely friends who were living in Alessandria for our semester of study said. While I was in Romania, they were living in Alessandria, Italy. They kept telling me that there really is nothing in Alessandria.
If you go to Milano Centrale (train station) and find platform 23 (or was it 22?), you will find a train to Alessandria every hour. Located only an hour away from Milan, Alessandria is a pretty little town in the Piedmont region of Italy.
As I arrived to the city, I didn’t see there was anything wrong with it. The city is lovely filled with cobbled-stones streets. I love this kind of city. My friend took me around the city and it did indeed only took several hours by foot to explore the city. The city is very small.
At night, it doesn’t have a wowza nightlife (well, I had Bucharest to compare so it was pretty high standard :P) and you can really feel that everyone knew everyone. Wherever you are on the street everyone around you seem to greet each other as if they’ve been friends for years (probably they have!). Most of the time the city is quiet and peaceful.
After spending a week there, I understood my friends. Alessandria is a lovely little town but it wasn’t made for students. You see, my friends like to party, have lots of sports activities, go into town and shop…and Alessandria couldn’t give them that. Of course after 5 months living there, they were extremely bored.
Nonetheless, I went around the city and took these pictures. I wouldn’t say that there’s nothing here 😉
On one of my walks, I spotted this open market. They sold a lot of things from food to second hand things to brightly coloured jewellery and scarves.
And just so you know, they have a gelato bar which sells amazing gelato – well it’s Italy after all. Who needs ANYTHING else if there is great gelato just 10 minutes walk from your flat?!
I love cemetery (no I am not weird!), the one in Alessandria is so beautiful. Just look at the ceiling of this city cemetery. Amazing colours!
Would you live in Alessandria? Or is it just a “one-day-visit” kind of town for you?