Museo del Manicomio

Museum in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

As well as a poignant photographic collection displaying portraits of patients, San Servolo’s former asylum contains the full paraphernalia of psychiatric treatment of the day, including chains, handcuffs, cages for ice showers, early electro-therapy machines and a rare plethysmograph (the precursor of the lie detector). The visit also takes in a reconstructed anatomy theatre beside the church and the ancient pharmacy.