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Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum

Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 940526
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Mind-bending and gruesome

To think that these implements were actually used on people is unbelievable to me. Cruel, twisted... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Nashua, New Hampshire
Not sure why anyone would visit Tuscany and want to go here?

We had an hour to spare and had kept passing this place each day. With things like the London... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2016
London, United Kingdom
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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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Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 940526
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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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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...More

Thank trainback
Reviewed 8 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...More

1  Thank lotsagoldens
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...

1  Thank Oren M
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.

1  Thank Jenniiic
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...More

2  Thank Tom B
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...More

1  Thank wdl
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...More

1  Thank Lars Juul G
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...

1  Thank Spiderbar
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

We decided to check this out while in San Gimignano. Definitely wouldn't take really small kids but I found it interesting . Will make you appreciate not living during those times. You get to see the types of devices used in many areas of torture...More

Thank conniekravitz
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