Triora: one of the most beautiful and charming citadels in Italy

triora2You can’t deny your children a visit to the village of witches!!!
The village lives on the late medieval legend that wants it as the home of many witches, who have been tried and sentenced during the Holy Inquisition time.
This is a place where, by just walking around village streets, houses in ruins and medieval arches, you feel kind of observed…

Triora and the Witches, an unbreakable bond.
In 1587 a terrible famine hit Triora and its valley.  Crops and plantations were lost, and cattles died.
In an era when the fight against paganism was intense and fear propagated, the idea that the cause of the famine was the work of witches easily spread among the population. As a consequence, a group of women from Triora and the nearby villages were accused of whitchcraft, tortured and burned alive.
Only during the year 1589 the Governor of Genoa, pressed by some elders of the council, put an end to this tragic period.

If you want to take a step back in time and find out all about Triora, from prehistory to the present, you should visit the Regional Museum of Ethnography and Witchcraft.

Visiting Triora not only enriches you culturally, but it is also a pleasure for your palate. The first pleasure is the Bread of Triora, one of the 37 loaves of Italy, which is known and appreciated for its unique characteristics.
The second pleasure is the Bruss, a really peculiar and spicy cheese which is obtained from the natural fermentation of ricotta. There are different kinds of Bruss depending on the seasoning (for those who appreciate a particularly spicy and flavoured taste, the most aged is indicated).

Triora has had the honor of being awarded by the Italian Touring Club orange flag, which is assigned to locations that not only enjoy a rich historical, cultural and environmental value, but also offer a high quality welcome to their visitors.
Until April 2007 the towns awarded with the orange flag were only 119, distributed among 15 regions, a further confirmation of the importance of tourism in the Town of Triora, both nationally and internationally.
The Orange Flag was awarded because «the village stands out for numerous factors of attraction, environmentally, socio-culturally and gastronomically speaking. These factors are placed in a background of great value, made enjoyable by the wonderful panoramic position. Triora, also known as the “village of witches”, engages in a careful promotion of traditions and legends through local meetings and events about the mysterious events of the past.»

In 1756, when a period of terrible famine that struck the fields and crops of Triora and the neighboring cities finally ended, a decree sanctioned that a procession to the top of the Mount should take place every year, to thank the Divine Providence.
This tradition is still alive, and the procession takes place on the second sunday after Easter, when hundreds of people engage in the excruciating climb to the top of the mountain, where a priest blesses them and the fields.

Walking through the village of Triora you can see a dark gray or black stone peek out from doorways, windows, roofs, fountains, benches and more.
Historically, slate was an important material in the local architecture, as you can easily see by walking around the alleyways of the village.
In the recent past it has also been a source of wealth for Triora: the mining had a prosperous period and allowed many of the locals to support their families by working in the quarries.

You will be amazed if you happen to be in Triora the night of October 31.
Maybe it’s the charm of the village, or its reputation as a town of witches, or maybe it’s the joint efforts of the residents and the retailers of the village to make a success out of the event, but Halloween night in Triora looks like a centuries old tradition.
If you are fond of this event and you happen to be in Triora on the night of October 31, you’re in the right place, at the right time!
When darkness comes, a surreal atmosphere begins to reign in the village, with the alleyways illuminated by a ghostly light and dark characters who start to animate the night…

With Regional Law No. 34 of November 15, 2007, the Regional Natural Park of the Ligurian Alps has been established. It includes the municipalities of Triora, Rocchetta Nervina, Pigna, Montegrosso Pian Latte, Rezzo, Mendatica and Cosio d’Arroscia.
A large portion of the Park extends on the territory of Triora’s municipality along the area that includes Mount Saccarello and Mount Frontè.
The main purpose of the Park of the Ligurian Alps is to test the two combined concepts of protected landscape and natural reserve to protect both nature as well as human activities.


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