One of the scariest and creepiest museums I've ever visited was situated in the lovely Italian village Peschici in the Gargano area in Puglia. The museum is dedicated to torture and when you visit it you will see and learn all about the terrible torture methods and instruments used in the medieval times. The torture museum is located in the village castle making the surroundings for the exhibition even more real and authentic.
Peschici is a small village situated on top of cliffs overlooking a sandy beach and the Adriatic sea below. Its a typical Italian village with lots of narrow streets crossing each other, picturesque houses and friendly people. Being situated on top of cliffs, it also has lot of stairs and steep streets, making a walk there even more interesting.
The beauty with these villages is that there are so much to discover. There is always something new and exciting in the next street or around the next corner and you can stumble upon some pretty great photo opportunities if you appreciate the more rustic locations.
A great thing with these small villages is also the feeling of getting lost, but in a safe environment. I remember it to be a bit confusing where to go next, but there was so much to see that I almost lost track of time and place. It was like being set back in time experiencing the Italian way of life several decades ago.
During my walk to explore Peschici I kind of stumbled upon the torture museum, and of course I had to go in to have a look. As I said before, the museum was situated in the old castle of the village. The castle itself was originally build in the early eleventh century and was meant to protect the village and surroundings against pirate attacks. During the centuries the castle has been reinforced, restored and modified and has been used for lots of different purposes. These days it is open for the public to visit, and parts of it holds the torture museum.
It was a weird and creepy feeling walking around looking at these totally terrible instruments constructed to find the most hurtful way of torturing and killing human beings. Imagining people actually being exposed to these methods and instruments made me both sad and happy to live in the twenty first century and not in the medieval times.
After spending 20 minutes in the museum I was mentally exhausted and found an entrance to the terrace outside the castle. The view from the edge of the cliff was spectacular and made up for some of the disturbing imprecision from the museum.
Luckily I also had to walk all the way up to the village center, through the winding, steep and narrow streets getting a glimpse of rustic beauty to erase some of the imprecision from the torture chambers and instruments shown in the museum.
I was invited on a blog trip to explore Gargano. The trip was organised by the tourism cooperative GarganoOK. All opinions and meanings is totally my own.