The Getty Villa

Out on the Pacific Coast Highway, just past Santa Monica in California is the The Getty Villa. If you’re ever in Los Angeles I definitely recommend a trip. It’s a chance to see Oil Tycoon Jean Paul Getty’s re-creation of an ancient Roman country house. It was built in the early 70s and modelled on the Villa dei Papiri, which was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D 79. Full of art and antiquities and surrounded by four tranquil gardens, you can easily spend a few hours lost in the past, not to mention the chance to soak up some Californian sunshine too.

The Museum recently used one of my photographs to promote the re-opening of the pool at the Getty Villa. You can see it on their instagram feed and in their adverts on Trip Advisor:

The pool in the Outer Peristyle of the Getty Villa has reopened! 💦💦 . The Museum’s south doors open onto the Outer Peristyle. It is adorned with hedge-lines pathways and circular stone benches. Plants favoured by the ancient Romans, such as bay laurel, boxwood, myrtle, ivy, and oleander, are planted around a spectacular 220-foot-long reflecting pool. Bronze sculptures, replicas of states found at the Villa dei Papiri, are places in their ancient findspots. A peristyle, or covered walkway, surrounds the formal garden and leads visitors past illusionistic wall paintings to spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. . . . 📸: @markmanchester #gettyvilla #gettymuseum #roman #villa #architecture #garden #gardening #romangardens #villadeipapiri #outerperistyle #pool #renovations #reopening

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