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Crypta Balbi

Roma
Museums

 

Museums The Crypta Balbi Museum is the only one of its kind, occupying a city block that includes an archaeological excavation site, the ruins of an imperial building, and a museum that contains a great number of artefacts and helps you understand how the city changed since the imperial age until today. Together with Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps and the Baths of Diocletian, it is part of the National Roman Museum. Originally it was a huge courtyard annexed to the theatre built by Lucio Cornelio Balbo, an important man, close to the emperor Augustus, in the early first century A.D. Now the Crypta Balbi site shows us how  Roman society and the urban landscape evolved from antiquity until modern times thanks to its well preserved archaeological layers. Twenty years of excavation and research have revealed a series of transformations and diverse uses of the structure. Above all, these excavations have shed light on our rather obscure knowledge of the passage from Roman to medieval society, the so-called Dark Ages. The museum itself is located between the streets called “Botteghe Oscure” and “M. Caetani”, that refer to the workshops and families that were protagonists in this neighborhood during the Middle Ages. The museum is divided in three floors  and includes artefacts recovered from the excavation onsite, such as ceramic objects, tools and even ruins, as well as items from the National Roman Museum. It is also possible to visit the excavation site under the museum where one can see the imperial ruins of the crypt and an ancient granary with medieval restructurings.

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Crypta Balbi

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How to reach the site

Rome, Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31
Bus:  n.70, n.81, n.87, n.116, n.116T, n.186, n.492, n.628

Services and Accessibility

educational tours for individuals
educational tours for groups
educational tours for schools
bookshop
accessible site

NEWS

  • The site will be open for free every first Sunday of the month from October to March and on the following dates:
    March 21st
    25 April
    May 9th
    June 2nd
    June 29th
    4 August
    September 1st
    October 13th

 

  • CALENDAR OF RESERVATIONS OPENING

CALENDAR OF RESERVATIONS OPENING WITH GRADUAL RELEASE SCHEDULED ENTRANCE TIME COLOSSEUM TICKETS
DAILY OPENING
Every day new tickets for the next day at 3 p.m (italian time).

WEEKLY OPENING
Every Monday new tickets for the following week at 3p.m (italian time).

QUARTERLY OPENING JULY-AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2019
Tuesday, May 21st at 3 pm (italian time):
The pre-sale of the first set of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Coliseum arena, in quarterly availability for the months of July August and September 2019 will be released both online and through the call center.

Wednesday, May 22nd at 3 pm (italian time):
The pre-sale of the second set of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Coliseum arena, in quarterly availability for the months of July August and September 2019 will be released both online and through call centers.

Thursday, May 23rd at 3 pm (italian time):
The pre-sale for the underground, the belvedere and the combined underground belvedere tour, in quarterly availability for the months of July, August and September will be available online only.

Friday, May 24th at 3 pm (italian time):
Domus Aurea, Terme di Caracalla, Villa dei Quintili, Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, Siti ad apertura periodica, Palazzo Massimo, Terme di Diocleziano, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi for July, August and September.

 

MONTHLY OPENING
Every first Tuesday of the month:
June 4th  at 3 pm (italian time): 
The pre-sale of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Coliseum arena, in the monthly availability for July 2019 will be released both online and through the call center.

July 2nd at 3 pm (italian time): 
The pre-sale of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Coliseum arena, in the monthly availability for August 2019 will be available both online and through the call center.

August 6th at 3 pm (italian time): 
The pre-sale of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Colosseum arena, in the monthly availability for September 2019 will be released both online and through the call center.

Every first Thursday of the month:
June 6th at 3 pm (italian time): 
The pre-sale for the underground, the belvedere and the combined underground belvedere tour, in the monthly availability for July will be released online only.

July 4th at 3 pm (italian time): 
The pre-sale for the underground, the belvedere and the combined underground belvedere tour, in the monthly availability for August will be released online only.

August  1st at 3 pm (italian time): 
The pre-sale for the underground, the belvedere and the combined underground belvedere tour, in the monthly availability for September will be released online only.

 

QUARTERLY OPENING OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2019
Tuesday, July 23rd at 3 pm (italian time):
The pre-sale of the first set of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Colosseum arena, with quarterly availability for the months of October, November and December 2019 will be released both online and through the call center.

Wednesday, July 24th at 3 pm (italian time):
The pre-sale of the second set of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Colosseum arena, with quarterly availability for the months of October November and December 2019 will be released both online and through the call center.

Thursday, July 25th at 3 pm (italian time):
The pre-sale for the underground, the belvedere and the combined underground belvedere tour, with quarterly availability for the months of October, November and December will be released online only.

Friday, July 26th at 3 pm (italian time):
Domus Aurea, Terme di Caracalla, Villa dei Quintili, Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, Siti ad apertura periodica, Palazzo Massimo, Terme di Diocleziano, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi for October, November and December.

 

MONTHLY OPENING
Every first Tuesday of the month :
September 3rd at 3pm (italian time): The pre-sale of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Colosseum arena, in the monthly availability for October will be released both online and through the call center.

October 1st at 3pm (italian time): 
The pre-sale of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Colosseum arena, in the monthly availability for November will be released both online and through the call center.

November 5 at 3pm (italian time): 
The pre-sale of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Colosseum arena, in the monthly availability for December will be  released both online and through the call center.
 

QUARTERLY OPENING JANUARY-FEBRUARY-MARCH 2020
Tuesday, November 19th at 3pm:
The pre-sale of the first set of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Colosseum arena, with quarterly availability for the months of January, February and March will be released both online and though the call center.

Wednesday, November 20th at 3 pm:
The pre-sale of the second set of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Colosseum arena, with quarterly availability for the months of January, February and March will be released both online and through the call center.

Thursday, November 21st at 3 pm:
The pre-sale for the underground, the belvedere and the combined underground belvedere tour, with quarterly availability for the months of January, February and March will be released online only.

Friday, November 22nd at 3 pm:
Domus Aurea, Terme di Caracalla, Villa dei Quintili, Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, Siti ad apertura periodica, Palazzo Massimo, Terme di Diocleziano, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi for January, February and March.
 

MONTHLY OPENING
Every first Tuesday of the month:
December 3rd at 3 pm (italian time): 
The pre-sale of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Colosseum arena, in the monthly availability for January will be released online and through the call center.

January 7th at 3 pm (italian time): 
The pre-sale of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Colosseum arena, in the monthly availability for February will be released both online and through the call center

February 4th at 3 pm (italian time): 
The pre-sale of tickets with scheduled entrance time for the ordinary access of the Colosseum, of tickets with scheduled entrance time to the Colosseum arena, in the monthly availability for March will be released both online and through the call center.

Info and Reservation

Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Saturday from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm

 

+39 0639967701

Crypta Balbi

Roma

Coopculture

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Didactic tours

Individuals
  • Individual Guided Tour
    _every Sunday at 3 PM
    _languages: Italian
    _persons: up to 15
    _duration: about 1 hour and 15 minutes
    _price: free
    _info and reservations: +39 06 399 67 700
     

    Accompanist in Esedra
    - schedule: Saturday and Sunday (except on the first Sunday of the month) at 10,45 AM-11,45 AM - 12,45 PM - 2,45 PM - 3,45 PM 
    - participants: up to 30 pax
    - duration: about 30 min
    - cost: free 
    - reservation: at the ticket office on the same day 
    - info: +39 06 399 67 700

    Accompanist  in Sotterranei
    - schedule: from Tuesday to Sunday  (except on the first Sunday of the month) at 10,00 AM - 11,00 AM - 12,00 PM - 1,00 PM - 2,00 PM – 3,00 PM – 4,00 PM – 5,00 PM – 5,45 PM – 6,45 PM                  
    - participants: up to 30 pax
    - duration: about 30 min
    - cost: free 
    - reservation: at the ticket office on the same day
    - info: +39 06 399 67 700

Groups
  • - schedule: on request
    - language: English, Italian, French, German, Spanish
    - participants: up to 30
    - duration: abaout 1 h and 15 min
    - cost: € 130,00
    - reservation: required, call center +39 06 399 67 450

Schools

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Crypta Balbi

Roma

Coopculture

Hours

Open

09.00 - 19.45

from Tuesday to Sunday

The site will be open for free every first Sunday of the month from October to March and on the following dates:
March 21st
25 April
May 9th
June 2nd
June 29th
4 August
September 1st
October 13th

Closed

On Monday (except Easter Monday)

January 1st, December 25th

Ticket Office

It closes one hour before closing time

 

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