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Crypta Balbi, Rome

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#32 of 100 in Museums in Rome
Cemetery Ruin
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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  • I personally would not reccomend this as a first choice. You can see the whole ''museum'' in 15 minutes. I also went on the guided tour which was terrible. The guided did not say 1 word at all she jus...  more »
  • We made it back to Rome after a number of years and one of the places we went to was the Crypta Balbi. While the small museum is good, the tour of the excavations consisted of a rather grumpy gentlema...  more »
  • Part of the Museo Nazionale Romano and included in your entry ticket. This museum traces the story of a Roman block. The site once contained a roman theatre and a Crypt as well as houses. There is an ...  more »
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  • A wonderful examination of the history of the area, with what was built on top of what over the centuries. Gives a good perspective on just how much the city has changed, even over the course of the Roman period alone.
  • This is a very interesting museum if you take the archeological "tour" at the times listed at the ticket desk which is included in the price. The staff take you through a locked door to where there is a portion of an excavated street, some rooms, and an outdoor line of latrines.
  • Initially this place may look disappointing, with a very detailed exposition about how they did the digging (although the porcelain over time wall is impressive) but once you get downstairs it is pretty neat to see the old buildings under the new.
  • I was there long ago. It was very restricted then to see anything. Think I must have a look to see how it has developed. It sounded promising then. Anybody wants to come with me?
  • 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.

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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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