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Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum

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Address: Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
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Medieval and criminal Torture Museum of San Gimignano:

"A collection of...

Medieval and criminal Torture Museum of San Gimignano:

"A collection of instruments of torture"

This exhibit includes images and words, a unique world-wide collection: 100 instruments produced for causing pain and death.

It shows exceptionally rare pieces dated back to the XVI, XVII and XVIII century and more recent philological reconstructions of ancient and lost instruments.

Very well known instruments such as the Iron Maiden, the Guillotine, the Rack, the Interrogation Chair and the Chastity Belt.

But the peculiarity of the exhibit is showing to the public for the very first time less known but very refined instruments. From the Heretic’s Fork to the Noise-maker’s fifes, to the Gatta da Scorticamento to the Spanish Spiders, these instruments prove how human imagination and sophisticated intelligence had no limit in finding new ways to inflict the most atrocious and cruel tortures.

   

One section of museum is entirely dedicated to witchcraf, witches hunt and to the Inquisition Tribunal.

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Unbelievable displays!

There are two parts to this museum; your ticket gains entrance to both (they are across from each other). One is supposed to be just torture stuff, and the other about witches... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

To think that these implements were actually used on people is unbelievable to me. Cruel, twisted and creepy. Thanks!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We had an hour to spare and had kept passing this place each day. With things like the London Dungeon in mind we paid E20 and took a look inside. The displays and commentaries look to be mostly authentic, but everything has a gruesome and graphic overtone and you really need to be 'into your torture' to appreciate it. With... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

There are two parts to this museum; your ticket gains entrance to both (they are across from each other). One is supposed to be just torture stuff, and the other about witches. I found them both very similar to each other. There are some absolutely gruesome displays. It is just unbelievable, the things human beings have dreamed up to inflict... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

It gives you the creeps but very important to see what the Italian culture is based on, not only food and art. Don't miss...

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

2 museums with one ticket. Both museums very similar though. A lot of these torture museums in these hill towns. Good way to spend an hour though and see the various displays of torture in Medieval times. Maybe not for very young kids though.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

An interesting but disturbing display, detailing the cruelty of the different types of torture from the distant to not so distant past. It's worth a visit, not too expensive and the entry gave you access to two museums.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Admittedly not to everyone's taste but getting the opportunity to put my children in the stocks was too good to miss. Good interactive elements although putting on chainmail and platemail in 30 degree temperatures was not the best! Good family fun all round but the Italians have an annoying habit of promulgating information just in Italian in tourist attractions!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

It is a very informative and educational museum but it seems to be a bit at odds with "touristic" medieval fairy tale that San Gimignano seems to be selling itself. You will learn and be outraged by medieval practices, but just make sure this is what you want to do in San Gimignano. The ticket also grants admission to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Incredible to see how evil and sadistic humans can be, and with so many different "instruments" at display knowing it is not copies makes it kind of scary and creepy. That said, it is part history, and there are plenty educational and informative tables to read about, but I have to say When you get out of the museum, you... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

This museum they have everyvere, in Lucca , san Gimignano, Voltera, Montepulciano..... Maybe is a franchise. Not nice, not for kids...

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