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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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Via della Botteghe Oscure 31, Rome, Italy
+39 06 3996 7700
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don’t miss this museum when you are in Rome. It is a quieter attraction but don’t let this make you think it’s not worth the visit. The museum is much larger than you initially believe it to be. On the entry level and above there...More

Thank Messyjessy9
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took full advantage of museum open free day by visiting all the sites we wouldn't normally go to, we are so glad we did, this one, was well presented (information) that went into great detail to help the visitor, understand how the city changed...More

Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This was one of four museums included with the ticket for the National Museum Palazzo Massimo (also including Palazzo Altemps and Terme Diocletian). If it weren't for that I probably wouldn't have gone. I'm still unsure what the Crypta Balbi was. It was a theatre...More

3  Thank flaneur40
Reviewed 19 October 2017

OMG, i was in heaven. One of the most under rated and probably under visited museums in Rome as I was the only one there for the first hour after they opened. You will probably never have a museum experience like this anywhere and if...More

Thank salma m
Reviewed 3 August 2017

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 13 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

1  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 24 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

2  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 3 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

1  Thank wittymind
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
27 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