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5 Interesting Museums in Italy

When going on a trip to Italy, one of the first things that’s on your itinerary are its most popular museums. So enjoy these 5 interesting museums in Italy! These include the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. But with over 3,000 museums and galleries spread out across the country, it’s easy to miss some interesting sites.

Hence, here are 5 unique museums that you may want to visit during your trip:

Centrale Montemartini-Rome

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Centrale Montemartini, Rome

The phrase deus ex machina, or god in the machine, may be a cliché. But it is a fitting description for this museum. Once the first public electricity plant in the area, it is now a museum housing various ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. Yet despite being a museum, many of its machinery remain installed inside. This creates an interesting contrast between old and new, mythology and technology, that draws tourists.

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Gabinetto Segreto, Naples

It’s a secret gallery no more. This legendary collection of erotic art from Pompeii and Herculaneum was only opened to the public in 2000. Featuring various sculptures, frescoes, and even some household items, this gallery is definitely not for kids.

Gucci Museo, Florence

Are you a fan of designer goods? Well, this museum in Florence is where art, culture, and luxury collide. The Gucci Museum, located in the heart of the city where it was founded, showcases the evolution of the brand plus seasonal exhibitions on art, fashion, film, and photography. It also has a bookstore and various activities for kids.

The Criminology Museum, Rome

Once a private collection of artefacts for the education of prison wards, the Criminology Museum was only opened to the public in 1994. Featuring items from notorious criminals to jail equipment used in the past, the museum also highlights the development of the current justice and prison system to what it is now today.

The Museum of Medieval Torture, San Gimignano

At first glance, this museum will only appeal to those fascinated by the many troubling ways of punishment. After all, it has a wide collection of various implements designed to maim and humiliate offenders, such as a garrote and a guillotine. However, if you do pay enough attention, you’ll realize that the museum also aims to call attention to the various human rights abuses that still happen around the world.

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By Priscila Siano (266 Posts)

Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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