On a bright summer day it’s almost impossible to imagine the fear and loathing associated with Triora’s dark history, but the village’s obscure past is what inevitably draws visitors to the paese delle streghe (land of the witches). Thoughts of the Inquisition swirled in the back of my mind as young females have been sentenced to death here, yet the atmosphere is anything but frightening as you walk past shops reflecting a Halloween theme. The only thing close to creepy is the local museum, where mannequin scenes depict what horrors awaited any women accused of practicing in the occult.
My favorite part of Triora is the church of San Bernardino just outside the village. Dating from the 15th century, there are some interesting frescoes, one of which depicts Judgement Day. The only way to see them is by asking for the key at the museum (where you’ll need to leave an identity card) but here’s a quick peek uploaded by Liguriainside.