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Crypta Balbi

#244 of 1,477 things to do in Rome
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Address: Via della Botteghe Oscure 31, Rome, Italy
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+39 06 3996 7700

This state-of-the-art museum chronicles the Dark Ages in Rome (A.D....

This state-of-the-art museum chronicles the Dark Ages in Rome (A.D. 500-1000,) when the grand city of a million shrunk to a mere village of 50,000; visit the museum and find out why.

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Well worth a visit to see the excavations of this roman building with its crypt. The crypt was discovered in 1981 by archeologist Daniel Manacorda and his team, while digging in... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2016
Oslo, Norway
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Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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. I'm not the type of person that expects everyone to speak English everywhere I visit, but Rome is one of the biggest tourist destinations in... More 

Thank Kateryna G
Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Packed full of artifices, pretty quiet and off the beaten track so if you want somewhere really peaceful to relax for a few hours then this is for you. Really interesting to see the difference in the street level and go deep under the street to see some of what lies beneath the city.

Thank Gavin N
Oslo, Norway
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Well worth a visit to see the excavations of this roman building with its crypt. The crypt was discovered in 1981 by archeologist Daniel Manacorda and his team, while digging in the area between the churches of Santa Caterina dei Funari and San Stanislao dei Polacchi. The excavations revealed a colonnated quadriporticus – the Theatre of Lucius Cornelius Balbus –... More 

Thank JKristian
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

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 tour--in fact, only can be seen with the guided tour.

Thank ClioChicago_Illinois
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

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 recommend going late because you might be lucky enough to have the entire museum and crypts to yourself, such an honour, it... More 

1 Thank Joseph K
Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

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 parts of the crypt is open only Saturdays and Sundays. Entrance tickets gives admission to three other museums as well: Terme di... More 

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West Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

It is a small site so takes little time to go through this ancient excavated site and the ticket for it covers four museums so it is the best bargain if on a budget. It cost only 7 Euros for three days to explore 4 museums (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Terme di Diocleziano). The Crypta Balbi was well... More 

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Natal, RN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a rather small and quiet, but informative museum. Thankfully, we had written down the address, otherwise we would have had a hard time finding this place, the entrance is rather humble. You will see displays which will inform you about the historical development of the city, as well as a few displays of items found, like ceramic dishes,... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Really underrated museum that is just brilliant! Loved it here, especially with my interest with archaeology! The lower level was great. There was also a lot of English descriptive boards which was nice. 100% recommend.

Thank elzybeth
North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

I walked past this museum numerous times before finally stepping in and I'm glad I did. It's packed with artifacts tracing the development of Rome from its early Etruscan period all the way through the modern area. The museum takes a stratified approach, showing the layers of history and how the neighborhood - and street level - changed over time.... More 

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