24 abril, 2024

A new sadistic holiday fad is taking hold in Italy in the strangest of places.Tourists are now able to visit and sleep in places where death, pain and anguish once ruled, as they sip a glass of delicious sparkling wine and drool over haute cuisine. Former dungeons and tribunals used by the Vatican to trial and burn heretics and witches in the 1500s have been restyled into luxury hotels with spas, fine restaurants, wine tasting lessons and truffle hunts.

Inquisitors palaces as they are called are now cosy rural resorts while guided tours, featuring actors dressed like cruel monks, are held in underground torture rooms and prisoners’ cells in Umbria and Sicily.

The Holy Inquisition, Sant’Uffizio in Italian, has thus turned  into a moneymaker brand.

Back in the 16th Century, a branch of the Catholic Church set up right after the Protestant Reform to prosecute, torture and kill anyone who wasn’t a straight catholic , that is, anyone who thought differently from mainstream Bible worshippers. Example: If you said the Earth was round instead of flat: death sentence.

Beautiful women with too much sex appeal were deemed witches and burnt at the stake on public piazzas for everyone to see, while innovative philosophers were beheaded as heretics for simply stating that God’s love was infinite thus not confined to the church’s preaching. The only chance of getting away was to renounce whatever evil you had written or claimed, arguing you were insane.

In the nearby town of Spoleto, morbid tourists get to admire even the primitive toilet seats of prisoners, just a simple hole in a stone bench, imagining their inhumane living conditions.

In Palermo, Sicily, Palazzo Steri is a lavish historical building boasting some great paintings by contemporary Italian artists, but in the past hundreds of heretics were locked up in its rooms.

They’ve drawn portraits of themselves on the walls, images of sailing boats and seagulls to lighten their stay and keep hope alive


This is a new kind of hotels that are being born. Our investigation turned around hotels and its buildings, rooms, services and all that is important about accommodations. This hotel placed in Italy is very exclusive and a little bit disgusting for some sceptical people. Anyway it´s an exclusive option if you want to have a different experience about sleeping at night.


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