The Roman Villa
La Posta Vecchia is a villa built in the 17th century that used to be part of ancient Alsium, a port city, originally Etruscan but later Roman, which was covered over in subsequent centuries by new buildings, like Castello Odescalchi and its outbuilding of the castle, owned by the Orsini family, one of the oldest families in Rome. Following its sale in 1693, and a devastating fire in 1918, the American billionaire J. Paul Getty purchased the property in the 1960s, transforming it into his seaside home. For several decades, it was the home of J. Paul Getty, who, alongside art historian Federico Zeri, decorated it with unique furnishings from the 15th and 17th centuries and precious artwork from around the world. The villa’s recent history began in the 1980s, when the private home was purchased by the Sciò family, who used it as their private residence until 1989. In 1990, Roberto Sciò returned it to its original function of hospitality.
La Posta Vecchia is located on what was the ancient town of Alsium. Originally an Etruscan port, the town was taken over by the Romans, becoming a favourite resort for the wealthy, before falling into decline. During Getty’s restoration work, two Roman villas dating to the 2nd century BC were discovered at La Posta Vecchia. The priceless remains of the excavations are now on display in the hotel’s private museum.