Alessandria is a city in Piedmont with a population of approx. 97,000. It is located right in the middle of the industrial triangle of the north-west of Italy in between Milan (97 km), Turin (90km) and Genoa (86km). Its province is quite extensive and covers parts of Monferrato, renowned for its wines.
Alessandria is a major hub for train travel. There are frequent trains from/to Genoa, Milano and Turin . Autozug is a service of DeutscheBahn that connects Germany straight to Alessandria. . Autoslaap also connects the Netherlands with Alessandria. Major motorways in the north pass through Alessandria from which it is easy to reach the seaside, the Alps, the lakes and the cities around. 
"Duomo", the main cathedral has the 4th highest tower in Italy (106m). "La cittadella" is a beautiful ex-military area today used for festivals and shows, just acrosa Tanaro River. Santa Maria di Castello church, in the older area of the city, is a medieval church which was destroyed and rebuilt several times; it is possible to view the past layers. Piazza della Libertá holds the city hall and an expensive car park where once was the Dome. In general the city centre is very nice although not at all taken care of and ruined by the cars parked everywhere.
Corso Roma. This is the main shopping street, with all the boutiques and hight street chain stores, from Zara, to Tezenis, Carpisa, Swatch, etc. The Borsalino store still sells the famous hats. Borsalino originally comes from Alessandria and has left a deep legacy. This street has been recently repaved and gets packed especially on Saturdays between 6 pm and 8 pm.
Rabatons à la lisandreina (A kind of gnocchis with spinachs and cheese); Pollo alla marengo; Amaretti (small cookies with almonds); Baci di dama (small cookies with chocolate and chestnuts);