The Crypta Balbi is today a modern museum, unique of its kind, that represents an extraordinary testimony od the evolution of Roman society and of the urban landscape from the ancient times to the XX Century. The tour includes an exhibition on three floors and a route among the various buildings, that help to understand the social habits and the economic activities during the period that marks the shift from the Ancient Roman times to the Middle Ages and then the Renaissance. We will visit a vast area, discovered at the beginning of the XX century, where four ancient roman republican temples were dedicated to the same minor and unnamed deities. The nearby theatre was built by Pompeo and it was where Julius Caesar was killed during the Ides of March. Today, its structures are enclosed by more recent buildings, but are still clearly visible from its external shape, walls and the ancient vault.
We will continue our visit of the Undergrounds with the Church of San Nicola in Carcere (St. Nicholas in prison), represented by the preservation of the podium and the republican temple columns on which the Church was built. We will enter the underground passage to the foundations, where human remains were found. The visit will end on the Capitoline Hill with the wonderful view over the Roman Forum by the Tabularium; built by the Roman architect Lucius Cornelius in 78 b. c. by order of the Senate and on behalf of the consul Quintus Lutatius Catulus as a state archive, today it acts as part of the Palazzo Senatorio (Senatorial Palace).
Tuesday to Saturday
7 hours (approx)
Largo Argentina corner with Via delle Botteghe Oscure (by the Tower)
Tour can be challenging for children under 6. Not available for wheelchair users.
Please also be aware there are narrow spaces and this tour might not be suitable for people who suffer from claustrophobia
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