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' Palaceancient 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 17th centuries, the terrible Tribunal of the Inquisition condemned to death many women accused of evil spells, magical arts and superstition, and many famous people as Giacomo Casanova, accused of dabbling in magic and the occult!

Discover torture tools used as an original garrote, a head crusher and an authentic whipping post.

Una mostra che ti porterà into the medieval age making you reflect on the suffering of those condemned to death and torture in past eras.


Book your visit to the exhibition now, limited seats

  • Dates: from 6th December 2023 to 31st December 2024
  • Admission tickets: - Adults: € 10 p.p. - Children (6 to 14 years old): € 5 p.p. - Free for children under 6 years old
  • Guided visit: - Adults: € 15 p.p. - Children (6 to 14 years old): € 5 p.p. - Free for children under 6 years old
  • ONLY FOR VENICE RESIDENTS: the visit to the Maleficia exhibition is free of charge. Please go directly to the entrance of the Prisons' Palace for the entrance ticket.

Cancellation Policies

  • The ticket is refundable until 24 hours before the visit 


  • Please enter Prison's Place and head upstairs to the first floor.

How to reach the entrance of the Palace

  • In Piazza San Marco, with the Doge’s Palace in front of you and the S.Mark’s Basin at your back, go on the right, cross the Bridge (from where you see the Bridge of Sighs) and then look on the left, you will see the entrance of the Palazzo delle Prigioni.