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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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Torture through the ages!

Just when you think we humans are humane, hop in for a tour. Over the centuries, we have come up... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2014
Lorraine G
Horrid

Awful, prurient and nasty don't do it especially if you are likely to be easily upset. I am all for... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2014
Sally W
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Norwich, 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
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Just when you think we humans are humane, hop in for a tour. Over the centuries, we have come up with ingenious ways to inflict pain and misery and all the devices are right here in the Torture Museum. Great fun!

Thank Lorraine G
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Awful, prurient and nasty don't do it especially if you are likely to be easily upset. I am all for a range of experience but for me thihs goes too far.

Thank Sally W
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Although it had been a long time between my first visit here and this visit the level of pain (OUCH) remains the same! In here you will find inconceivable way to create pain for men and woman alike. From sitting on a chair embedded with...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

This may not be the London dungeons but it is certainly comprehensive and split over 2 sites, a ticket gets you into both. It left me feeling quite uncomfortable and really made me think about torture in the past and how it still exists, and...More

Thank NewGrandTourist
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We didn't plan to spend our time this beauty spot surrounding ourselves with mediaeval torture equipment and dungeons, but it was a welcome relief from the tourist tat and hoards of coach parties crowding the narrows streets here. There was an eclectic collection of our...More

Thank Suej102
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

If you really like gruesome go and visit, OMG. If you do you can understand why they don't let children in. Some of these old torture methods are beyond belief. If you visit one you get a free ticket to see the second, but one...More

Thank KMC584
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

On a recent visit to San Gimignano we ran across this place while wondering town. We decided since it wasn't too expensive it was worth a look around. I was surprised to find that the exhibits were also in English which made the experience that...More

Thank Amanda M
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Just ambling around town I ran across this place. It was a change from the church or art museum. The place is bigger than I first expected. Entrance was €5 and was good value it to me. The signage was great in three languages, including...More

Thank StarrsySmith
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

- Atmosphere: torturous. - Outside: the sunny side of life. - Interior: the dark side of the Middle Age. Some of the exhibits are still in use today in parts of the world. - Exhibits description: There was plenty of accompanying information in English. -...More

Thank olympus h
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

If you are squeamish, this is not for you! Interesting personal collection. Very informative if you are into torture or mediaeval punishments, left us feeling queazy and spooked out

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