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Crypta Balbi, Rome

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#32 of 150 in Museums in Rome
Get a sense of what the historical center of Rome looked like in ancient times at Crypta Balbi, which stands on the remains of an ancient theater. Part of a large complex of buildings, it shows the evolution of Rome by presenting various objects used by regular citizens living here between the 5th and 9th centuries CE. This often-overlooked cultural attraction also allows visitors to glimpse the painstaking work archaeologists performed to reveal the theater ruins. Take the basement tour to see dark passageways stretching beneath the ancient city center. Put Crypta Balbi at the forefront of your travel plans using our Rome day trip planning site .
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  • Don’t miss this museum when you are in Rome. It is a quieter attraction but don’t let this make you think it’s not worth the visit. The museum is much larger than you initially believe it to be. On th...  more »
  • We took full advantage of museum open free day by visiting all the sites we wouldn't normally go to, we are so glad we did, this one, was well presented (information) that went into great detail to he...  more »
  • A site that you should not miss if you like history, has a lot of history mucchisimos changes throughout life... I loved my wife also and we passed it well... Museums and crypt 10e... Has not been wrong to been very good experience
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  • This fascinating museum for an excellent job displaying the layer upon layer that IS Rome. It is at first difficult to interpret, so get tickets for the tour of the basement and then start at the top. It demonstrates and interprets the layers that existed in the site over the millennia. I would like a bit more interpretation in the basement. And if you have any disabilities walking the basement will be a challenge. This is an interesting museum that had the potential to change the way you think of Rome.
  • In a country with lots of history amd bad museums this one is one of the best. Good exhibits with plenty of information (sometimes too much). The walk with the "guide" was awesome but i would have hope for the "guide " to the say something.
  • I would say very beautiful .... Rome was not built over the night ===== so true
  • A super interesting musuem for learning Rome's history and how layers of civilization can pile in one place. The same ticket gets you into two other great musuems. Definitely worth the price.
  • Underrated historical site. Definitely worth a stop in, especially if you've already got a ticket from one of the other national sites.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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