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Crypta Balbi

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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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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
accessible site

Info and Reservation


online booking only

Crypta Balbi



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Didactic tours

  • Individual Guided Tour (temporarily suspended)
    _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

  • (temporarily suspended)

    - 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

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Crypta Balbi





10.30 - 19.45

Saturday and Sunday
last admission at 7.00pm


On Monday (except Easter Monday)

January 1st, December 25th

Ticket Office

It closes one hour before closing time