The Road of the Witches

The Road of the Witches

We will transport you to the discovery of a treasure chest full of colors, scents, tastes and traditions. The cozy and charming Valle Argentina awaits to give you an unforgettable weekend.

In the morning transfer to Triora,  the town known for its 23 mills and… its witches! This is not a matter of legend but of recorded history, as shown in the museum dedicated to them.
Scene of the feud of the Counts of Ventimiglia, and later an impregnable fortress of the republic of Genoa, Triora has ancient origins linked to the first battles between opposing local factions. The town preserves its medieval appearance with notable examples of rural architecture and with doorways carved out of slate.
The remains of the ancient ruins are now an international tourist destination and one of the most celebrated of the Ligurian Rivera.
Of particular interest will be the visit to the Museo Etnografico e della Stregoneria, where you can find yourself in 4 sombre halls where  a tragic chapter of local history was enacted in 1558  – a trial against a group of thirteen women, considered responsible for the famine that had plagued the region the previous year.  The section of the museum dedicated to ethnography, on the other hand, containing tools used by farmers, muleteers, carpenters and bakers, gives a  valuable glimpse into local daily life.

Lunch at a typical restaurant, where you can enjoy some of the local cuisine.

On the way back, a stop in the village of Molini di Triora to visit a workshop specializing in the manufacture of slate, an ancient stone, considered the “black gold of the Valle Argentina.” Next door you can also visit the workshop where various objects carved by a local artist are displayed.

Then we continue to Taggia, an area of olive oil production, to visit the Casa Olearia Taggiasca, a new manufacturer of high quality extra virgin olive oil. The company has a factory of 200 square meters – you can visit the various departments, including one dedicated to packaging and storage. After the tour you can visit their elegant showroom to taste the extra virgin olive oil and some typical products of our Riviera.

Finally, a visit in the historic center to the monastery complex of  San Domenico. The monastery was founded according to the wishes of the Dominican Father Cristoforo of Milan in 1459 and contains the valuable works of  Ludovico, Antonio and Francesco Brea, Giovanni Canavesio and Emanuele Maccari, known as Macario.