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“Feed the Dark Part of your Soul”

Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
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 I am not a gentle soul. There is nothing scary as such but if you think about what you are to see then it has impact. Parents may wish to walk ahead as there could be some difficult questions from a child regarding some of the more 'intermit' devices. If you are a gentle soul then avoid it is graphic and there is every devices you can conceive.

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 horribly well used and authentic equipment that literally made your toes curl! Eight euros well spent.

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 was enough for me.
The men went in again.....grim, totally grim.

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 much more interesting since we could actually read into the use of each exhibit, rather than simply look at the devices. A little morbid I will admit but as a part of world history it was fascinating to know that people actually were subjected to these items at one point in time, and in some cases are still subjected to them. If you find yourself looking for something to do, it doesn't take too long to walk through this interesting and informative museum.

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 English. Good detail on each exhibit. Rooms were small and had lots of atmosphere. There were small passages and steep stairs down to a dungeon. Keep exploring as there are lots of nooks and crannies. Signage in the Japanese torture area in the back was only in Italian, but it was pretty clear what some of the items were for. Overall pretty educational. I think some kids might have fun here, but avoid spicy food for dinner after if you want to avoid nightmares at night.

Thank StarrsySmith
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