Triora is a small commune and village located in the Liguria region of Italy in the province of Imperia. The village is located close to the cities of Imperia and Genoa and is on the border of France. Triora is spread over an area of 68. Triora is known as the village of Witches since it is the last location in Italy that witnessed the witches' trial during the renaissance period.
The village is located in the Valle Argentina and had been heavily destroyed in 1944 by the Germans. The destruction caused the fleeing of many inhabitants of the village. After the recostruction, Triora is now a small, quaint and quiet town with a population of just 416.
Getting to Triora
Triora is located close to the cities of Genoa and Imperia so getting down to the village is fairly easy. Genoa is well connected to all major destinations in Italy as well as in Europe through flights and train network so the easiest thing to do would be to first reach Genoa and from there travel to Triora. Plenty of buses and taxis are available at the Genoa airport. Visitors can also travel by the state buses that depart from the main bus stations of Genoa, Imperia and the other locations of the province from Triora. Tickets are not very expensive. The easiest thing to do is to drive down to Triora since the road leading up to the village is quite picturesque.
Moving Around the Village
Triora is quite a small village and is considered one of the most beautiful "borghi" of Ligurua. Visitors can easily explore most parts of the village on foot. Those who their own cars can explore the neighboring villages and the surrounding landscapes by car. However, within the village the best way to explore is by walking around its narrow streets and alleys. The best sights are outside the village, that
Attractions in Triora
The Cabotina in Triora is an interesting place to visit. It was here that the young women and girls of Triora had ventured to in the dead of the night which led to the witches' trail, the last one that occurred in Italy in the renaissance period. The building is in ruins now but it still evokes an aura of mystery.
Monte Delle Forche
Monte Delle Forche is also known as Gallows Mountain and is a beautiful place to visit. From top of the mountain one can get good views of the village and also of the surrounding landscapes.
The collegiate of Triora is one of the most interesting religious places to visit in the village. The collegiate has a beautiful architecture. The most interesting feature of the building is the large gothic bell tower. Inside the church are several valuable artworks and decorations. The most noteworthy is the Baptism of Christ which dates back to the 14th century which was done by Taddeo di Bartolo, a painter from Siena. There is also a beautiful panel painting dating back to the 16th century.
The Oratory of Saint John the Baptist
The oratory of Saint John Baptist is a typical village oratory. Inside the building the most noteworthy feature is a wooden statue which was made by Antonio Maragliano between 17th and 18th centuries. Other than the statue there are also a few other beautiful decorations.
Church of San Bernardino
The church of San Bernardino is one of the most interesting places to visit in Triora. The rural church was originally built in the 12th century and has been declared a national monument because of its history and its beautiful architecture. The church has various beautiful 15th century frescoes and an interesting Last Judgment. Most of the frescoes have been attributed to the Priest Giovanni Canavesio of Pinerolo.
Stay and Accommodation
Triora is quite a small village so there aren't many accommodation options available to visitors. There are only four to five hotels and Bed & Breakfasts in the town where visitors can stay. Most visitors prefer to stay in Genoa since there are more options available there. There are a few farm houses and traditional old houses which can be rented by visitors if they plan to stay longer in the region. The three well known hotels in the village are hotel Colomba d'Oro, II Poggio hotel and B&B La Tana Delle Volpi.
Eating in Triora
Eating out in Triora can be quite enjoyable because of the rustic country style dishes that are typical to the village. Triora is known for its various alpine cheeses and its bread. The local dishes are vegetable and potato pie known as paste, ravioli with meat, tagliatelle, gnocchi, bugaeli, ciapazoi and sugeli along with a lot of other typical dishes. Some of the best known restaurants in th village are L'Erba Gatta Vino e Cucina, ristorante Loreto, Ca da Roca and ristoratne II Poggio.
Shopping in Triora
Triora has several small shops where visitors can purchase a variety of local products. The village is mainly known for its bread which is round in shape and is considered to be the main product of the village. Triora also has a variety of alpine cheeses for which it is quite famous. The bruzzo is the best known cheese of Triora which is one of the oldest types of cheeses in the Valle Argentina. The cheese is made from ricotta which is then naturally fermented and has a little spicy. The cheese goes well with all types of pasta and even with tomatoes and fresh bread. Plenty of food stores in the village sell these local cheeses. Triora is also known for its honey, chestnuts and its various mushrooms, particularly porcini and cicotti. There are also quite a lot of good bakeries in the village where visitors can purchase various traditional pastries and cakes, spicy as well as sweet. The most well known cakes are the ones which are filled with fruit jams, canestrelli and turrun.