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“Archeology buffs take note”
Review of Crypta Balbi

Crypta Balbi
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Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking...
Ranked #259 of 1,972 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 7 July 2013

This museum is a bit non-discript on the outside, making it a little tough to make your way to the entrance. The effort has its rewards. The location of this museum is in the middle of a vast field of Roman ruins that once stretched from the Colosseum up toward the Pantheon. The focus of this museum is Rome during the Middle Ages. The magic here is that you can literally see the 4 or 5 layers of civilization going back to the Roman empire that is currently being excavated. If you wait a little while at the front desk, a museum staff member will take you underground to explore the excavations... a really cool thing to do literally and figuratively on a hot summer day in Rome.

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"palazzo massimo"
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

Visited in June 2013. The museum offered an excellent history for the development of Rome in layers - there is a wall where you can see the layers as they developed over thousands of years. There were also some very helpful models showing how ancient Rome devolved into medieval Rome - I felt like my understanding was really enhanced by this visit.
The bottom floor was not worth the time - we waited for the tour, but it was just a worker from the museum that physically guided us through the space with no explanation. I enjoyed the underground visit at San Clemente so much more.

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Reviewed 4 May 2013

We had already bought as Museo Nazionale ticket, and while wondering around on our last day we saw this place and decided to pop in as we'd already paid for it.

The museum is a bit empty, and not particularly well laid out/explained, I feel as though they could do so much more with it than they have.

We went to the underground bit, but nothing was explained by the 'guide', she didn't say a word, I understand a bit of Italian so I would have been happy with at least a little information from her, and there were too many people to be able to read all of the information available, it just wasn't particularly inspiring or well organised.

I'd read a little bit about what it all was before hand, but my partner hadn't and he really struggled to be enthused about it in anyway.

We left the tour a bit early as it just didn't seem to be worth our time. Bit disappointing really as I think that with a little bit of thought, and some better information available it could be really interesting.

1  Thank Captinsee
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

The history of this crypt is astounding. Only complaint our tour guide that took us down to the excavation level did not speak english at all, thankfully someone was translating for us so we could understand! So much to see in here, so much history preserved.

Thank AmandaMC86
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

Roman, Medieval and Renaissance architecture all built upon one another...Make sure you stay for the tours (hourly) of the Crypt below...and your entry ticket includes three other museums:

Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo and the Diocletian Baths...all worth a visit in their own right...

1  Thank LHOVancouver
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