Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rome rises in Malibu

Pool at Getty Villa, Malibu, CaliforniaGetty Villa
Strolling through outer peristyle of the Getty Villa in Malibu, Calif., is about as close as you can get to time travelling.

It’s easy to feel just like a Roman citizen discussing the affairs of the day while meandering through the gardens dotted with bronze statues or sitting at the edge of the 67-metre-long reflecting pool beneath a low-hanging sun. The only thing missing is the toga.

While the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum in southern Italy leave visitors to piece together in their own minds what the daily lives of Romans must have been like, the Getty Villa leaves very little to the imagination. As one of the world’s most faithful — if not best — re-creations of a Roman country house, the Getty Villa offers visitors the chance to step back nearly 2,000 years and experience the luxuries of the ancient Mediterranean world.

And the best part for travelers? Admission is free.

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