Prisons' Palace: Maleficia, Inquistion torture tools

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Discover reproductions, ancient documents, and instruments of justice used by the Holy Office during the centuries of witchcraft persecution. Enjoy a ticket to the Maleficia Exhibition in Venice.


  • Visit the prestigious Prisons' Palace
  • Torture instruments of the Inquisition prescribed in the original Maleficia book
  • See 'instruments of torture' used as a garrote and a pillory
  • Discover instruments of justice used by the Holy Office in withcraft persecution
  • A cell for women accused of witchcraft


Suggestive testimonies, documents and objects: these are just some of the elements that combine to make Maleficia a unique exhibition, capable of revealing the mysteries, secrets, legends and historical facts that marked the thousand extraordinary years of the Serenissima Republic. In a journey through original artifacts and reproductions, discover in this exhibition, housed inside the prestigious Prisons' Palace, ancient documents used by the Holy Office in the persecution of witchcraft and the instruments of justice employed to counter it. In this Palace, between the 15th and 18th centuries, the terrible Tribunal of the Inquisition condemned to death many women accused of evil spells and magical arts and many famous people as Giacomo Casanova, accused of dabbling in magic and the occult! Discover 'instruments of torture' used as a garrote, a head crusher, and an authentic whipping post. An exhibit that will take you into the medieval age making you reflect on the suffering of those condemned to death and torture in past eras.


Entrance ticket to Maleficia Museum

Important Information

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility

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