Description: A Roman Villa Recreated The Getty Villa is modeled after a first-century Roman country house, the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy. Villa dei Papiri was buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, and much of it remains unexcavated. Therefore, Neuerburg based many of the Museum's architectural and landscaping details on elements from other ancient Roman houses in the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae—from bronze lanterns like those carried along the streets of Pompeii to herbs and shrubs grown by the Romans for food and ceremony.
Boston-based architects Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti began renovating the Getty Villa site in 1997. Visitors now start their visit in a spectacular open-air Entry Pavilion, then progress along a scenic pathway to the heart of the site, the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater. This 450-seat outdoor classical theater, based on ancient prototypes, links the new Cafe, Museum Store, and Auditorium to the J. Paul Getty Museum entrance.