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Photos: The Gardens of the Getty Villa

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The Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades offers breathtaking views, refined tranquility, and the chance to immerse yourself in the collected Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities featured within the walls of the Roman-inspired architecture of the impressive structures.

On a recent trip to the Getty our focus was a tour of the gardens, however, which kept us chiefly outside in the warm morning sun, learning about the sculpture, adornments, and features on the property that each come with backstory in not just the context of what J. Paul Getty created for himself, but also their significance as symbols of mythology.

From the basins and sculptures of the Inner Peristyle, to the magnificent pool and walkways of the Outer Peristyle, to the sweet-scented air of the Herb Garden, and the cooling shade of a courtyard pond, the gardens of the Getty Villa are a beautiful and invigorating way to experience the historic site.

45-minute tours of the site and its architecture and gardens are offered at the Getty Villa Thursday-Monday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.