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Crypta Balbi, Rome

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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. Arrange to visit Crypta Balbi and other attractions in Rome using our Rome trip builder.
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  • In 1981 started the excavations here and now houses the archaeological remains and instead finds from the site, as well as material from the collections from including from the Roman Forum. In the basement/under ground plan you can go between the archaeological remains from the buildings here. The Museum is part of a large complex which over the centuries has had many uses and settlements. Here you can see the finding that documents activities such as crafts (materials, tools, productions) performed in the old post-classic and the early middle ages. The exhibition shows the evolution over time of the activities and settlements. Crypta Balbi is part of the Museo Nazionale Romano, you buy the entrance ticket here (7 euros) so take care of the ticket, then you can visit Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps and the Terme di Diocleziano, too, on the same ticket.
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  • I'm puzzled by the good reviews, because this museums is very dull unless you're very much into broken pots from the Ancient times. The first annoying thing is that the booklet is entirely in Italian....  more »
  • I took the opportunity to enter a rainy day and passing through the door. Absence of information, personal something saborio, so it is difficult to draw conclusions about this crypta. I think that there are many things to do in Rome as a stop here.
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  • A very interesting and historical place where you can run thrue history it contains lots of information about the area around and the transformation over more than 2000 years. It's part of a package with the Marcellus bath.
  • I really enjoyed my visit. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The displays were very good with detailed descriptions in English. And the excavations were very interesting. Plus there were very few people in there so I was able to take my time.
  • Read up on the history here first. And be prepared for fascinating tour....in Italian only when we were there. Ticket is part of a package of visiting 3 museums...
  • Great museum for archeology lovers
  • I gave 3 stars because it was okay. If you are looking to burn up some time. Go for it. Some history on monks and 5 rooms of bones.