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Getty Villa Gardens
Getty Villa Garden Tours
We highly recommend taking this complimentary Garden Tour during your visit to Getty Villa — it's a garden lover's paradise. Plants that you'll see on this informative 40-minute docent-led tour are all those that would have once been found in an Ancient Roman Garden.
Four of Getty Villa's Roman gardens are featured on the Garden Tour:
Inner Peristyle Garden
Your Garden Tour begins with a visit to the Inner Peristyle — surrounded by majestic columns, Roman & Greek architecture, bronze sculptures, fountains, and beautiful gardens, this area illustrates how the Romans brought nature into their homes in every way possible.
Outer Peristyle Garden
The Outer Peristyle is the largest garden at the Getty Villa. A covered walkway, with beautiful wall paintings, line each side of the formal garden. Filled with replicas of bronze sculptures, magnificent fountains, a spectacular 220-foot-long reflecting pool (pictured top right), perfectly manicured maze-like mini hedges, lush landscaping and mosaics, the Romans would have used this area for parties, exercise, relaxation and entertaining.
For the best vantage point of the Outer Peristyle Garden, take the elevator up to the Villa's second level and walk out to the balcony — it overlooks the reflecting pool and gardens (the picture top right was taken from there). The view (with the Pacific Ocean in the background) is spectacular!
The East Garden (located at the far end of the Inner Peristyle Garden) features a magnificent mosaic fountain with shells and white theater masks (see pictures on page) — a replica of an ancient fountain from the House of the Large Fountain in Pompeii.
The Herb Garden (three pictures bottom right) contains a variety of plants, flowers, and fruit trees (Fig Trees, Olive Trees and Lemon Trees) that are found in the Mediterranean region — many of these herbs would have been used by the Romans for culinary, medicinal and ritual purposes.
Garden Tour Hours
10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
Tour Meeting Place
Garden Tours meet outside (lines form by the Garden Tour sign) opposite the museum's main entrance, just outside the Museum Store.
Note: All tours depart promptly at their scheduled times.
You may want to take the Garden Tour earlier vs later in the day, especially in the summer before it gets too hot... and crowded.
Wear comfortable shoes — be prepared to do a lot of walking.