Discover Getty Villa, a piece of Grece and Rome in California

A gem that is only 2 hours away from the San Ysidro port of entry

If you would love to visit Rome or Greece, or if you are simply a fan of their myths, then you must go to Getty Villa. This cultural gem is brimming with Greek and Roman art, with relics from thousands of years ago.

Besides its rich history, this place is a visual marvel. With an impressive fountain, majestic sculptures, and a dreamy landscape, Getty Villa offers a perfect stage for a unique and unforgettable photo session. Best of all, it is only 2 and a half hours away from the San Ysidro port of entry.

Getty Villa is the ideal destination to enjoy an entire day so make sure to go as comfortable as possible. This villa is actually a mansion and it is a faithful recreation of summer villas from the Roman Empire, especially inspired by the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum. After recent restoration, its doors have been reopened as a venue of archaeological collections.

History of Getty Villa

The name of this institution pays tribute to American businessman and philanthropist Jean Paul Getty, who provided the necessary funds and a mansion in Malibu to the J. Paul Getty Trust. In addition, he added works of art that he had been collecting since the 1930s. In 1974, the J. Paul Getty Museum was inaugurated here, and its main venue would later be moved to the Getty Center.

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What will you find here?

Galleries are carefully organized to illustrate the development of art of old Mediterranean cultures through time. On the first floor, you can enjoy Greek art from the Neolithic Era and the Bronze Age, including some of the most ancient and rarest pieces of this collection, to the Hellenistic period, when the Greeks developed a completely natural vision of the human body.

Address: 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA. Open from 10 AM 9 PM to 5 PM

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