About a kilometer from the city center, head to the Little Mine, a small-scale reconstruction of a mine and all of its activity. Take a little train along 250 meters of tunnels and explore different sides of mining life: from the stages of mining to a large display of excavated minerals. Be sure not to miss the Longone Fortress, once known as the San Giacomo Fortress. Commissioned in 1603 by Philip III of Spain, Spanish architect Garcia di Toledo designed the star-shaped fort inspired by the fortress of Antwerp.
Don’t miss the historic Sanctuary of the Madonna del Monserrato, propped on a remote hill about a kilometer from town. Commissioned by the Spanish governor Pons y Léon in 1606, it was built for the Black Madonna, in Spain worshipped in the Montserrat Sanctuary. Before heading back, check out another Spanish church, Cuore Immacolato di Maria.
Be sure to head to some of the spectacular beaches in the area, like the sandy Barbarossa, Reale and Rossa, as well as the pebble Terranera beach, and lastly Pianotta beach, where you’ll find sandy beaches mixed with rocky shores.
Cover image credit: Paolo Trabattoni