Museo Criminologico – Rome

A couple of days ago I’ve got the chance to visit the criminology museum in Rome with a great friend of mine. For just 2 Euros you can visit three floors full of weapons, miniatures of torture devices, historical artifacts, weapons, ancient forensic science sets and… oh did I mention weapons?! (You can click on each picture for the larger version)

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At the very beginning there is a beautiful Iron Maiden that welcomes you and almost the entire ground floor houses miniatures of ancient torture devices but also original pieces such as guillotines, stocks, whips ,spiked chairs, spiked collars and any form of torture from the Medieval Age you can imagine.

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The Ghost Town of Galeria Antica

There are a couple of versions about the origin of Galeria Antica – a little abandoned village near Rome. The most validating one claims that the city was founded during the Etruscan period due to the clear presence of some etruscan necropolis. Then the etruscan dominations was broken by the Roman conquest and then again Galeria decayed and was probably abandoned during the Germanic invasions, before being repopulated only during medieval times.

Shortly afterwards, the Saracens invaded the Tyrrhenian coasts and destroyed the city, Galeria was rebuilt in the thirteenth century and began to flourish, but eventually the city handed round many important Italian families of the Renaissance.

1271958583473_11042010837.jpg_effectedThe city changed its aspect, from a fortified town to a simple rural farm, of course the population was affected by this profound change; in fact it witnessed a disturbing demographic reduction of the city. The decrease of the residents reached its peak with the arrival of malaria during the XVIII century, an outbreak that infested the entire area. Galeria was completely abandoned in 1809.

Now, let’s talk about the mysterious desertion of Galeria – because even if the most reasonable theory talks about malaria, what it is intriguing is the abandonment of the residents of the city since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Local people fled the city with particular rush, so as to leave not only the tools and ornaments, but even the bodies of dear ones on carts that would have been buried far from the city. The bodies were found a few years after the abandonment of Galeria and were buried half a century later.

galeria1.jpg_effectedThere are no statements nor testimonies about what really happened, the only thing we have is a big, massive mystery… and a few ghosts, like some people claim. But the true story of this small ghost town will remain unknown.

Elle. x