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Case Romane del Celio

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Case Romane del Celio

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majesty318 wrote a review Mar 2020
Rahway, New Jersey1,574 contributions340 helpful votes
Pay close attention to the opening hours and location. As of January, 2020, the site is closed Tuesdays & Thursdays, open other days 10 AM to 4 PM. I knew these were underneath a church so I thought the entrance was in the church. It is actually on the street down the block from the church: if facing the church (so church courtyard/ entrance on your right), keep walking down that block underneath the arches and it is just a minute down the street. I purchased the app version of the audio guide. I think you definitely need either that or the traditional audio guide, or even a human guide, or you will have no clue what you are looking at. The site is well-preserved and I find it fascinating to see how people lived thousands of years ago. It was not at all crowded when I visited. I also appreciate when there is no docent following you around, as this always makes me feel pressured and watched. No one official goes into this site with you so you can walk around relaxed for as long as you want.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Ozzie John wrote a review Oct 2019
Melbourne, Australia21 contributions22 helpful votes
This was one of the best value places we went to. About 8 Euros. My wife had been talking to one of the caretakers at the basilica, who recommended we go underneath. Who knew it was even there? We spent an hour or 2 and could have spent a bit more time. There are plenty of comments here about having a guide. We didn't, but there were a couple of small groups going through with one. From what we could hear, they were pretty informative, but seemed to race through. We went slow and looked at many of the walls, paintings and artifacts right up close. It seems it is not as well known as other places, so it was nice and quiet. Underground, it is also nice and cool on a hot Roman day. And has plenty of things to look at and imagine what it must have been like 2000 years ago.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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DomenicaA wrote a review Sep 2019
Pennsylvania144 contributions75 helpful votes
Case Romane is an underground complex of rooms that have been in use over several centuries. We are so sorry we did not go with a guide as there is so much to see and so little information in the pamphlet or on the signage within the structure. The signage is written in a very formal academic style that was difficult to follow. Go with a guide to truly appreciate this fabulous museum.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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JoanZ wrote a review Sep 2019
Massachusetts5 contributions3 helpful votes
The Case Romane (Roman Houses) are a collection of connected rooms/dwellings from the 2nd and 3rd centuries, beneath the Basilica de Giovanni e Paolo, that were only just excavated during the 19th century. There remain a few frescoes and decorative floors that are remarkable considering the many centuries that they were buried underground. We mostly had the site to ourselves during the hour or two that we stayed there. Walking through those ancient rooms was fascinating.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Hawaiian555 wrote a review Apr 2019
Oahu, Hawaii6,477 contributions206 helpful votes
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Case Romane del Celia is an interesting small underground archaeological site of Roman houses. It’s not packed with tourists so easy to get around and it is different. There are the labyrinth of rooms some with frescoes and some with tile flooring. There are some artifacts, pots and Roman bricks displayed. It’s not too busy so easy to get around and enjoy.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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