Are you brave enough to visit this old witch town?
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Despite its charming appearance, many years ago Triora was home to the brutal murders of women and children throughout the late 16th century. A quaint little town sitting at the foot of the Trono Mountain and overlooking the luscious Argentina valley, Triora is a picturesque village in north-western Italy, very close to the French border. Its beautiful setting and its notably well-preserved 12th-century architecture make it a characteristically wondrous, medieval Italian citadel. What differentiates it from the rest, however, is its infamous label as the Salem of Europe. Referring of course to the witch craze that swept over the western world between the 16th and 18th centuries, Triora was allegedly the site of the last witch trials ever held in Italy during the Renaissance period. The witch craze of the early modern period made people believe that Satanic witches, worshippers of the Devil himself, were scheming for the demise of Christendom. The moral panic that took over meant people, mostly women, were being accused left and right of being witches, and were trialled for these crimes.Poor weather in 1587 led to a crop shortage and subsequent famine in Triora; its inhabitants became certain that this could only be the work of witches. Before action could be taken, people’s claims had to be validated, so the local government called for the help of the priest Girolamo del Pozzo and the Inquisitor of Genoa and Albenga in determining whether events had indeed been caused by
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