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Review of Crypta Balbi

Crypta Balbi
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Rome Catacombs and San Clemente Underground Small-Group Tour
Ranked #218 of 1,967 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 14 May 2014 via mobile

I had a very hard time to find this place and kind of only went there because it was included in the ticket of the other musea. It had some nice pottery, but overall I found it a bit disappointing. My advice is; only go there when you already have the ticket of the other 3 and if you really don't know what else to do. Otherwise, just skip it.

Thank Kiki K
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Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

An interesting museum, not as fancy as pallazzo massimo or the vaticans one, but certainly worth to see, since its included to the 4 museum ticket.
A quite bothering issue, was that while we were informed that a gate keeper, not guide, will open the gates for us to see the underground of the crypt, when she did she gave extended guiding information for everything.
The point is that it was only in italian and we didn't understand a word. When we asked her why, she looked kind of offended, and answered that she is not a guide. Yeah, we got that, but why then you're giving a guide tour? In italian? Rome is full of non italians tourists.
We felt like 'persona non gratta' , tried to understand a few words, but eventually left, because without guiding all we saw was ruined walls..
As a summary, its an interesting museum, and certainly worth to see, but we just felt bad at the way she spoke to us. The rest of the personnel is friendly and happy to answer to everything :)

Thank pstinis
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

This is one of the four sections of the National Museum and if you buy a ticket to one, you get admittance to all four over a three day period (four if one of the days is a Monday). There are two parts to this museum: there are numerous displays over three floors with some excellent drawings showing how the area "de"volved from the time of the empire to the late middle ages. It's an interesting perspective. For the second part, they have free tours every 45 min or so to show you the archaeological site itself (it's a work in progress). The tour is actually given by a security person and is in Italian, but you get the basic points. I spent about 2 hours here overall and felt that was enough to see most everything.

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Reviewed 30 October 2013

We stumbled across this museum in the listing accompanying the Roma Pass and were surprised to find it barely 100 meters from our hotel near Largo Argentina. Behind a non-descript front there is a multi-storied museum covering an active archeological dig displaying Roman history and the build-up of different layers of Rome over the centuries. You can marvel at the creativity of the original builders in integrating water and drainage, and view examples of items recovered at the site. A hidden gem. Most visitors there seemed to be students.

Thank LFA
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

I sort of stumbled upon this place and chose to see what it was like. I was pleasantly surprised. There are two parts to this museum - the usual displays with both Italian and English translation - with some great artefacts from in Rome. The second part is that the museum is on and still a working archaeological site - meaning that it is continually evolving and changing. There are two tours to do - where unfortunately the guide only spoke Italian. But do some reading in the upstairs rooms first and you will get the picture. The site was discovered in the1960s and was basically used for landfill after earthquakes made the area unstable. Some parts of the area are still above the surface other buildings are about 10m below. The preservation is amazing! If you really like archaeology and seeing the stratigraphy of a site - this is a must see! Also to access the 4 national museums only costs 7 euros for the one ticket for 3 days

Thank Jinksy82
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