Crypta Balbi, Rome

Crypta Balbi, Rome (must see)

Perhaps the most intriguing branch of the National Museum of Rome is Crypta Balbi standing upon the remains of the 13th-century Theater of Balbus. The latter, complete with numerous medieval artifacts filling up three floors, were uncovered during archaeological excavations. They say the best way to explore this museum is by working one's way upward, starting from the basement, walking through dark passageways amid the theater's ancient columns, checking out, among other remnants of the past, a fragment of an ancient depot once used for stocking grains collected from the nearby farms.

The museum displays images of Rome, the way it looked from the very beginning up until the present day, as well as artifacts attributed to various historical periods - pottery, fragments of glass, seals, ivory, collections of coins and precious stones, plus Medieval frescoes, marble slabs, and many others. Those in love with archaeology will find this museum particularly interesting, especially the 3D reproductions of Roman buildings from different ages.

Why You Should Visit:
An extremely interesting site for the story of the stratification of the city it tells.
You can see all of the layers of Rome's development history in cross-section.
An excellent relaxing way to get one's mind around life in ancient Rome.

Tip:
A ticket to Crypta Balbi also grants access to three other branches of the National Museum of Rome, namely: Palazzo Massimo, Baths of Diocletian, and Palazzo Altemps. The ticket is valid for three days and is a true value for money.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am-7:30pm

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Sight Name: Crypta Balbi
Sight Location: Rome, Italy
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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