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Crypta Balbi

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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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Pure surprise. A good one.

I passed by this museum several times. I didn’t know what is hidden there; it is not attractive outside. It is pure history and really good presentation for an individual or for a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 December 2015
Miha P
Maribor, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Wow is all I can say - My wife and I have walked past this place for years and didn't notice there was a museum there. But for 7 Euro each what a visit. 4 floors of history going right down to the Roman foundations and water cistern. Loads of exhibits to give you a real feel for what lies... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

go back almost 2000 years in the layers of Rome that cover evidence of historical events. Not for those with claustrophobia, it is quite warm and has virtually no discernible ventilation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

Very interesting to visit, Crypta Balbi is maybe a bit difficult to be understood if you are not an archeological expert, but it is any way of the highest interest to see how the flow of the history has changed everything, and it gives the sense of the waves of the events. The place is very beautiful and peaceful, a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

If you you are really curious about what lies beneath your feet as you walk around historic Rome, this is THE place for fans of history, archaeology, architecture, city planning, decay and discovery. We have watched this museum develop over the years since it opened and it is one of the least visited in Rome, not family friendly really for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

Not well known and not on most tourists' itinerary. Stumbled across this place while wandering the back streets of Rome. Very close to the Victor Emanuel Monument and the Capitoline. Still undergoing excavation but gives us an idea of how the wealthy lived.

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Maribor, Slovenia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

I passed by this museum several times. I didn’t know what is hidden there; it is not attractive outside. It is pure history and really good presentation for an individual or for a small group. At first you look just at complicated construction and different floors. Later, your research will recognize different layers of life from different centuries. At the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

Like others have stated, the entry fee also gives access to the baths of Diocletian (close to the Termini train station), the Palazzo Altemps (not far from Piazza Navona), and the Palazzo Massimo (again, near the Termini station). We went late in our visit, so didn't get a chance to visit the other museums included, but even so we thought... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

This is an interesting archaeological site which covers many millennia. I just wish there were more informative signposting so I knew what I was looking at. Admission is included in the ticket for the National Roman Museum, the Baths of Diocletian and the Palazzo Altemps.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015 via mobile

My dad and I visited this month. The ticket included 3 other sites (total of 4) but we only made it to two. The lady at the ticket office was very nice and friendly. There are 3 floors plus the underground level with the ancient Roman ruins. We spent about two hours here, but we both love history so we... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

If you have a long stay and can encompass alot of museums then you should visit. We actually read the hype of it and thought it would be a thrilling walk underneath the city but we kinda got a wee bit disappointed. At the end of the tour, we were left like "That's it?!" It was quite a walk and... More 

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