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Crypta Balbi

#245 of 1,972 things to do in Rome
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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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Via della Botteghe Oscure 31, 00186 Rome, Italy
+39 06 3996 7700
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On our October trip to Rome we purchased 3 day combination tickets to the National Museum of Rome, which consists of museums in four different locations, one of which is the Crypta Balbi. On our last full day in Rome we ventured here after visiting...More

Thank rockwood13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are no massive monuments or impressive artworks to see here. It is purely the architectural history of an area that's been rebuilt and evolved many times over 2000 years. The bottoms levels you walk through show all the layers. The plaques explain a lot,...More

Thank KrisG93
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staggering that these amazing remains were hidden for so long. Really get down there in the bowels (and cistern) For just 2 euros more on your ticket you can get into another 3 museums in Rome. Not far from the cat colony, short walk past...More

Thank Robin A
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

This museum attempts to show the evolution of Rome by digging down through various levels of the city. It’s interesting to see how the Romans built upon previous construction. This is a less popular museum so you can enjoy it at leisure. It’s a good...More

1  Thank Kathryn12655
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Ok this is a new museum. That is all.They have a potential but huge space for nothing, meeting room with monitor without showing anything. You need a guide to show and explain. Exhibits are few and not good either. Simply waste of my money and...More

Thank FarAway21736
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Everyone knows that Rome is worth more than 2000 years of history. But it is difficult to imagine, what those 2000 years actually mean for the city, as most sites only focus on one particular era... Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque or...More

1  Thank chao t
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

We had purchased the tickets to Balbi for 2€ each as part of the combo ticket to enter Termi do Dioclezio way over by the train station. I’d done my research and knew we could go to Balbbi after seeing the Pantheon, Teatro Pompeo (the...More

1  Thank Marsviolet
Reviewed 18 July 2018

One reviewer suggested 90 minutes to see this museum. If you decide instead, as I did, to read all the extensive historical notes and explanations, you will need a minimum of 2 hours. I have never been to a museum with such full explanations, along...More

2  Thank cantorl
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We were delighted to find out that by purchasing one ticket we gained entrance into four of the National Museums of Rome. The museums are Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Baths of Diocletian and Palazzo Altemps. This museum is probably not known to most...More

5  Thank Maggi713
Reviewed 12 June 2018

I visited because it is an interesting part of Roman history but confess my lack of archeological knowledge was a handicap even with the help of the audio guide.

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The mini-neigbourhood Ghetto holds tight to its
reputation as a stand-alone area thanks to its nearly
300-year history as the home to Rome’s Jewish
community. Times changed in the 20th century, but the
tiny area still retains its mix of tradition,
community, and history. Ancient and medieval
architectural design frames apartments, bakeries,
shops, and restaurants. Friends and families are the
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William F
26 October 2017|
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Response from Luca S | Reviewed this property |
yes, if I recall well, it has a lift access and is partially accessible by wheelchair