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It was founded in 1168 as a stronghold castle city, and named in honor of Pope Alexander III.
Today, the town is known for its beauty, history, castle, architecture, Jewish history, and as a major railway stop.
People Born in Alessandria
Alessandria in People's Lives
Napoleon Bonaparte: Back from Egypt and now finishing up the ongoing battles over northern Italy with Austria, I won the Battle of Marengo here in 1800, against Austrian commander Peter Karl Ott von Batorkez. It was a glorious victory, and I was highly praised back in France.