A friend's visit to Los Angeles recently gave me the excuse to visit a local treasure I'd never explored: the Getty Villa. While I've been to the regular Getty, this off-site location houses the Getty's Roman, Greek, and Etruscan treasures.
The Villa went through a major renovation just a few years ago and was the talk of the town, but because I didn't know exactly where it was, and timed tickets are required, I haven't made it out there until now. Tickets are requested online free of charge, and the only payment required is a per-vehicle parking fee. Having seen it in person, the Villa is absolutely worth the investment in planning and time. In fact, it's difficult to take it all in in a single visit. I'll be sure to go again the next time I entertain guests.
There are docent-led garden tours and architectural tours hourly. Inside, one can check out an iPod with an ID as deposit, and listen to self-guided art tours. While most of the art is pulled from the permanent collection, there are traveling exhibits as well. My friend and I unknowingly timed our visit well: the traveling exhibit right now centers on glass!
|The Prometheus Wheel is the focal point of an open-air ampitheater|
|Beautiful frescoes on the ceiling|
|Venus, Roman, AD 100-200|
|Fountain in the Inner Peristyle|
|Relief of an African Elephant, Roman, AD 79-96|
|Wall fountain in the East Garden|
|Center fountain in the East Garden|
|Bronze waterspout in the East Garden|
|Mosaic wall fountain in the East Garden|
|Strawberry bush in the East Garden|
|Wall frescoes in the Outer Peristyle|
|Grape arbors providing shade cover|
|Bearded Irises in the Outer Peristyle|
|The Outer Peristyle, looking east towards the building|
|Fountain in the Herb Garden. Love the colorful leaves of the lilypad!|
|Looking down the length of the Herb Garden|
|The fountain in the center of the structure, near the ampitheater, features a wall of flowing water|
|The Outer Peristyle, looking west toward the Pacific ocean.|
|Benches and pathways in the Outer Peristyle|
|Architectural columns and finials in careful detail|
|The temporary exhibit, Ancient Glass and techniques. Mind blowing to think how old these pieces are and all they have survived!|