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Crypta Balbi, Rome
(3.3/5 based on 170 reviews on the web)
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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  • On the site of a wealthy family's home, this museum offers a good look at ancient Rome. The exedra is a relatively newly excavated area and is well worth trying to manage your time to get a guided tou...  more »
  • My colleague and I went at the end of the day, darkness shone across Rome and this cold environment was perfect for the spooky environment. NOBODY else was there, and it was such a gem, so yes I recom...  more »
  • If traces of ancient times is what draws you to Rome in the first place, this museum will fascinate you. Many posters in English and Italian, and a great deal of information as well as the crypt. Some...  more »
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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.