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Tickets for Balbi Crypt + Ancient Rome Video

Witness 2000 years of Roman history that spans an entire city block

Flexible ticket: cancellable up to 24 hours before visit date (if selected)
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  • Travel through time from Ancient Rome to medieval society via a slice of an excavated city block
  • Explore the excavation site under the museum and see the ruins of the crypt, a medieval granary, and cisterns
  • See a branch of the National Museum of Rome and an archaeological site 2000 years in the making


Balbi Crypt is a block-long testament to Rome's pioneering past. Visitors can examine the lives of ancient tenants of this city block, from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages.

Part of the National Museum of Rome, it was once connected to one of the smallest theatres in Ancient Rome. The museum displays archaeological objects used in daily life, and fans of the macabre can explore the subterranean crypt and cisterns. After your visit, head back up for a slice of pizza – if you can stomach it!

Insider tip

You can continue the time-traveling adventure by watching a short 3D film at the meeting point after the tour. Showing what the Colosseum, Underground Rome, Pantheon, and the Circus Maximus looked like during their heyday, the film will give a real sense of the living, breathing history that is contained within these remarkable remnants of the ancient world.



What's included

Entrance to the Balbi Crypt
Walk through the archaeological excavation site
Access to the ruins of an imperial building and museum
Visit of the ancient granary
Audio guide (if selected)
15-minute 3D multimedia video (in English)
Free tourist assistance at the Touristation office (Piazza d'Aracoeli, 16, 00186 Roma RM)

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation may be available depending on your ticket selection
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket


  • Show your smartphone ticket at the entrance
  • On the next day, you can go to the Touristation office at Piazza d'Aracoeli, 16 and show the confirmation email received with your ticket to watch the Ancient Rome multimedia video (available daily from 9:00 to 18:00)


Opening hours

Saturday 09:00 - 19:45
Sunday 09:00 - 19:45
Monday Closed
Tuesday 09:00 - 19:45
Wednesday 09:00 - 19:45
Thursday 09:00 - 19:45
Friday 09:00 - 19:45

How to get there

Balbi Crypt
Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31, 00186, Rome
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