Province of Alessandria

Piedmont, Italy

Province of Alessandria
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About Province of Alessandria

The Province of Alessandria (Italian: Province of Alessandria; Piedmont: Province ëd Lissandria; Lissandrin: Provinsa 'd Lisòndria) is an Italian province, with a population of approximately 425,000 inhabitants, which constitutes the south-eastern part of the Piedmont region. The provincial capital is the city of Alessandria.

With an area of 3,558.83 square kilometers (1,374.07 square miles) it is the third largest province in Piedmont after the province of Cuneo and the metropolitan city of Turin. To the north it borders with the province of Vercelli and to the west with the Metropolitan City of Turin and the province of Asti. It shares the southern border with Liguria (province of Savona and metropolitan city of Genoa). Its southeast corner touches the province of Piacenza in Emilia Romagna, while to the east it borders on the Lombard province of Pavia.


The province was created by royal decree no. 3702 of 23 October 1859, the Rattazzi Law, as a union of five of the six provinces that had formed the Division of Alessandria (the provinces of Alessandria, Acqui, Asti, Casale and Tortona) plus the Province of Novi which had been part of the division of Genoa. In 1935 the Asti area was established as a separate province of Asti.


There are 190 municipalities in the province

Main attractions

The Sacro Monte di Crea (Italian: Sacro Monte di Crea) is a Catholic devotional complex in the municipality of Serralunga di Crea (Montferrat), near Alessandria. It is one of the nine Sacred Mountains of Piedmont and Lombardy, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its construction was started in 1589, around a former Sanctuary of Santa Maria whose creation is traditionally attributed to Sant'Eusebio di Vercelli around 350 AD.

See also

Piedmont (wine)

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