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Museo Nazionale Preistorico dei Balzi Rossi
Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Ventimiglia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

We visited Balzi Rossi as part of a full day private tour, after we have found it on the internet. Our tour guide did not know of the place, even though she has been a tour guide in this area for 3 years, neither did her friends and colleagues.

There are no signs to show where the caves or museum are. We had to ask directions from the locals. At the caves there are again no signs to show the entrance or even if they are open. After climbing about 50 stairs, we found a locked gate, and had to climb down again. Some of the locals visiting directed us to the museum. At the museum we found out we had to buy tickets to visit the museum and then we could visit the caves.

The museum is quite small and you can view all the exhibits in about 5 minutes. However, the exhibits are quite interesting.

After the museum visit, we had to climb the same stairs again to visit the caves. You need to cross over a railway track via an overhead walkway to reach the caves, which consists of 2 shallow depressions in the rockface. There is nothing else to see.

Overall, we were quite disappointed with our visit to Balzi Rossi.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank Deonjvdw
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Siesta Key, Florida
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“interesting spot”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

The coastal area is interesting - the museum is rather ordinary. I would stop, and you have to pay to get through.

Visited July 2012
2 Thank mdbasile
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“A trip back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2011

As previous reviewers have said this is an amazing place and should not be missed. The only flaw was that there were no English translations of the items in the museum and when we asked for one, one was provided, but we had to give it back and we could not take it with us when we went to explore those amazing caves. It would have been nice to read and walk at your leasure and not download everything while the curator stands over you in the museum.

Take a 2 minute walk further up the Italian coast and you'll find another Balzi Rossi. This time a Beach Bar.

Visited September 2011
3 Thank Bywood
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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Time travel to a pre-homo sapiens era”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2008

This Paleolithic Riviera habitation is a few hundred meters east of east of the France/Italy border and is well worth an hour or two. There are two museum buildings housing prehistoric artifacts and skeletal remains removed from the site over the past century (photography not permitted inside). Excavation continues on the cliff environs and access is limited, but there is plenty to enjoy outdoors on foot to parts of the site. Balzi Rossi is a beautiful spot by the Mediterranean, not much touched by modern development.

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