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The stories behind Italy's most beautiful abandoned towns

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Triora, Liguria: ‘The City of Witches': in 1587, after bad weather yielded a poor harvest, the women of Triora were rounded up, arrested, tortured and even killed. The town was the site of the last witch trials in Italy - or the “Salem of Europe”. The events in this small town triggered a period of two years when Italian women were rounded up all over Europe and tortured as part of witch trials.

‘The City of Witches': in 1587, after bad weather yielded a poor harvest, the women of Triora were rounded up, arrested, tortured and even killed. The town was the site of the last witch trials in Italy - or the “Salem of Europe”. The events in this small town triggered a period of two years when Italian women were rounded up all over Europe and tortured as part of witch trials.
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