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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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this is a great place to take children. there is lots to do here and its a good opportunity to get out fo the heat and also learn some history. It is in the middle of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 July 2012
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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2012

Very polite staff. They allowed us to use the entrance ticket (10 Euros) over two days since we went later in the evening and didn't have time to look through everything. They have two museums covered by the entrance fee (about 30m apart). They are much bigger than they appear from the outside. We spent a total of about 2.5... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2012

Be sure to visit the historic museum located east near the well. it has wonderful history and amazing pieces inside leaving you thankful for society today. Not for the faint of heart though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2012

wow - people go for the view in san gimignano - but please take time out for the museum's. its beyond words.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2012

This was just a quick day trip , hopped on a train and then catch a bus to the Medieval section of this ancient town , built around the thirteenth century it was considered the Manhattan of olden times , most of these cities were surrounded by thick , high , stone walls to keep the barbarians from sacking the... More 

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Stromboli, Italy
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

but I think this really is a very average "museum" very out of place is such a beautiful place - more fitting for an amusement park or an airport. Maybe if I'd seen it in winter rather than summer '99 it would have been less of an effort to stay inside

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

Whilst fascinating, you will leave the museum feeling disturbed. We visited the "Execution" museum as well which depicts the various methods used to execute people in years gone by. I found it really upsetting but my husband thought it was very interesting.

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San Gimignano, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012

This is a little museum that can be interesting; I mean that during your trip in San Gimignano, about one hour in this museum can give some more informations to your children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

The torture museum was a total eye opener, to say the least. A lot of very interesting things inside. Historians should be interested as there are many references to witch hunts and medieval punishments. Also, you get to see the actual torture instruments! Including an iron maiden and a guillotine! really cool. Not recommended for the weak of heart (and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

Museum was good for an hour of entertainment and the cooler temperatures inside. Goths will be particularly interested in this museum ;) Pretty strange and odd curiosities and in my opinion much better than the Ripley's fabricated oddities. A real reflection about the reality of "humanity".

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012

this is a great place to take children. there is lots to do here and its a good opportunity to get out fo the heat and also learn some history. It is in the middle of everything, so after you can go or some luch.

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