The third and last step of our excursion in Liguria was the medieval village of Triora .
Triora is really in the middle of nowhere, in the heart of Liguria, far from the sea and far from Piedmont separated by high hills and mountains covered by a dense forest.
Triora is located in the Argentina Valley at 780 m above sea level on the southern slope of a ridge of mountains; has been reviewed as one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy.
The day was ending, the weather getting worst, but the place was absolutely amazing.
The village of Triora dated back to Roman times. Later became a possession, around the twelfth century, of Earl Badalucco.
The proximity with Genoa policy meant, in an act dated March 4 1261, the passage of Triora as a new feud of the Republic of Genoa.
The transfer of ownership to the country greatly serves the village.
New walls were built, and the erection of five defensive forts created a fortified, almost impregnable core, that put a strain also on the troops of Emperor Charles IV’s attempted the conquest of the town.
After a period of peace from the fifteenth to sixteenth century, the local history of Triora is really famous for the witch trials carried out from 1587 to 1589.
Some local women were accused of being architects of continue plagues, acid rain, killing livestock and even cannibalism to children.
The documents and the minutes of the interrogation process are currently held at the State Archives of Genoa.
Convictions for alleged witchcraft caused the death of several young women at the stake.
Even today the country is known for its witch trials, which later sparked the same reaction in other villages of Liguria and Italy.
In 1625 the Piedmontese army, led by the House of Savoy, tried in vain to conquer Triora, who strenuously defended their lands, unlike other neighboring countries who surrendered to the Savoy.
Following the fall of the Republic of Genoa in 1797 and the establishment of the Ligurian Republic by Napoleon Bonaparte, Triora became an integral part of the French department of maritime Alps.
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