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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 28 June 2014 via mobile

The ticket for entrance was 7€.It is not very big, but is foul of examples of how someone could torture the human life....Creepy

1  Thank manolis m
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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 nails facing up, to having a vice on the head and it being tightened and then some.
The imagination of the creators of these devices were beyond evil!

Thank jeffreyshapiro
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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 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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