Museo della Tortura di San Gimignano, San Gimignano

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Spine-chillingly creepy, Museo della Tortura di San Gimignano features a collection of medieval torture instruments. This attractions focuses on criminology, criminal law, and the medieval inquisition period, while a nearby sister museum concentrates on the death penalty. Exhibits explore the procedures commonly followed to eradicate the devil in men and women suspected of being guilty of heresy or witchcraft. Wax figures bring the pain and suffering to life on a walking tour of over 100 torture instruments from all over Europe and dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Take a look at our San Gimignano tourist route planner to schedule your visit to Museo della Tortura di San Gimignano and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Where to stay in San Gimignano

Many private country mansions just minutes from San Gimignano's historical town center offer comfortable rooms at affordable prices, including access to free parking, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and satellite TV. Staying outside the busy town center allows you to rest in peace and privacy, just a short drive from all the urban action. Slightly more expensive, self-catering apartments in the city center offer comfortable suites, where you can cook your own meals and reach the best nightclubs on foot.
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  • This venue is exactly what you would expect of a museum about instruments of torture. The advertisement suggests a Da Vinci connection. That is false advertising. There is NOTHING in this museum relat...  more »
  • We wish we hadn't gone in. The museum was quite expensive at €10 each (although this did include admittance to the opposite museum which was much better). The displays were a mixture of original and r...  more »
  • This place will cause nightmares. Don't take your kids with you. Better still , don't enter. This place emphasisers the evil that used to exist in humans , only sick minds could create these objects o...  more »
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  • VERY gory. Do not take kids in here. In my opinion they shouldn't let kids in, it's not appropriate. If you're really into gory torture history, go at it... but I personally left after a few minutes. Not for the faint hearted.
  • Great museum, made with hard work and diligence. It is not for everyone!
  • The museum is very small, but the little town around it is awesome.
  • Great
  • Same idea as the ones in Amsterdam, London and other places