Feeding off the cultures of ancient Rome, Greece, and Etruria, the remodeled Getty Villa opened in 2006 with much fanfare—and some controversy concerning the acquisition and rightful ownership of some of the Italian artifacts on display. The antiquities are astounding, but on a first visit even they take a backseat to their environment. This megamansion sits on some of the most valuable coastal property in the world. Modeled after an Italian country home, the Villa dei
Papiri in Herculaneum, the Getty Villa includes beautifully manicured gardens, reflecting pools, and statuary. The largest and most lovely garden, the Outer Peristyle, gives you glorious views over a rectangular reflecting pool and geometric hedges to the Pacific. The new structures blend thoughtfully into the rolling terrain and significantly improve the public spaces, such as the new outdoor amphitheater, gift store, café, and entry arcade. Talks and educational programs are offered at an indoor theater. An advance timed entry ticket is required for admission. Tickets are free and may be ordered from the Web site or by phone.
Mar 16, 2011
The Getty Villa is a gem. I take select out of town guests because you have to enjoy museums and ancient art to get the most out of a trip to the Villa. Their collection of ancient artwork is outstanding and the authenticity of the Villa, makes me feel like I'm way-back in ancient Herculaneum.