Sometime ago, I spent an afternoon at the Getty Villa in Malibu. It was built by oil baron J. Paul Getty, when his art collection outgrew the gallery adjacent to his home in the Pacific Palisades (he sure has lots to go around!). The museum specializes in the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria – but while I wasn’t able to fully appreciate the art, I found myself drawn to the Roman-inspired architecture and gardens. Perched on top of a hill, the villa is a replica of a first century Roman country house in the ancient town of Herculaneum near Pompeii, wiped out following the eruption of Vesuvius.
History aside, it is absolutely breathtaking. Manicured landscaped gardens, pristine Roman columns, lush Mediterranean plants, sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, lavish marble and gold embellishments, mural-covered walls – it’s pretty much like the modern day version of walking through a historical site, full of awe-inspiring design and intricate details replete with significance.
My camera was low on battery (and incessantly reminded me so), but I’m so glad it lasted till we made it out!
Entry is free but timed entry tickets have to be secured in advance here.