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Crypta Balbi, Rome

3.5
#37 of 162 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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  • If you want to understand Roman occupation and history from the 3rd century BC to present, this is the place to visit. Excellent signage, in Italian, Greek, and English explaining the utilization and ...  more »
  • If you have the 4-site MNR ticket and you are in the area, check it out. Paying full price just for this place would be a disappointment. The architecture of the building was well thought out, but the...  more »
  • From the outside this can seem like quite a humble museum, but inside there is a deep history. It's interesting to follow this once central area through the ages and to understand how Rome's history h...  more »
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  • terrible museum. I have never said such a thing for a museum in my life but this one deserves it. top floor has very little to see but more to read. it’s more like reading a book than visiting a museum. at the bottom floor you can see the remains of the old city with very complex descriptions to understand. I am leaving this building without understanding WHAT A CRYPTA IS. look at the photo attached and visit this museum if only you understand what it means. the only thing nice about it is it’s cool downstairs. there are much better museums in Rome. save your time, energy and money to them.
  • It was obvious that they tried really hard to set it up the best the could. It was very difficult to understand exactly what it was, I tried to watch the video because it looked interesting but it was in Italian I waited for the English version but it was too long. It is worthy of a small visit though .
  • We went on the 1st sunday in the month and even though the musem was free, the most interesting parts were closed just because the ticket was free that day, which is apsurd. Other than that it's an interesting place to see but not as exciting as it could be, to much to read, to little to see. Ofc my opinion would probably be different if the whole museum was open.
  • As part of a combined ticket giving you access to 4 sites we though this was great value. Again it tells a roman story with artefacts from the immediate area including palazzo and churches going back centuries on display. The crypt reveals layers of history including some roads and cisterns and show the changes over time. Shame later incarnations of society in Medieval and Renaissance times failed to learn from history (what’s new?) when it came to water storage, hydraulics and sewerage management. Instead of learning from and improving it they buried it instead.
  • It is pretty interesting, though the maps are very unclear. Too bad the only interesting parts are in very small letters making me bored fast, though I did like seeing the old stuff.
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