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Crypta Balbi

Via della Botteghe Oscure 31, Rome, Italy
+39 06 3996 7700
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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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  • Average22%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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Via della Botteghe Oscure 31, Rome, Italy
+39 06 3996 7700
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the four National Roman Museum ticket venues but we were very disappointed. We adored Massimo and Altemps and hoped this would be good, but felt it was just for dedicated archaelogists and historians and/or those who had ample time to read...More

Thank Jane D
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Being native Roman, I tend to think there is little I don't know about this town. however the other day I found myself strolling in the Cripta Balbi, just behind the Ghetto/off largo di torre Argentina, hence in the heart of Rome. The entrance is...More

Thank Luca S
Reviewed 3 July 2017

It could have been the fact that we went on the first Sunday of the month (free entrance) or that we arrived about 15' before de ticket office closing time (1 hour prior to the actual closing time)... but it just felt as if no...More

Thank Florci
Reviewed 23 June 2017

I was somewhat disappointed in the Crypta Balbi, but that might be because so many other museums and sites in Rome outshine it. It's interesting to explore the levels of the buildings, but I found the lower levels to be a strange mix of damp...More

Thank Diane M
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

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 just shoved us in a room...More

Thank Zleopard
Reviewed 2 May 2017

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 gentleman letting us out the door...More

Thank wittymind
Reviewed 1 May 2017

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 overview exhibit and then you can descend...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Whether one goes down into the "dig" before (as we did) or after (as the commenter just before me apparently did) wandering through the beautifully designed "museum" occupying several floors above it, the total experience is a wonderful and relaxing way to get one's mind...More

1  Thank grandmaEthel
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

If you're interested in the history of a place - why things are the way they are - then you'll love the Crypta Balbi museum. The museum presents representations of the surrounding neighborhood throughout the centuries, from pre-Roman times through the Empire through the Middle...More

Thank px1000
Reviewed 4 April 2017

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...More

Thank Kateryna G
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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