During Getty’s restoration of La Posta Vecchia, a Roman villa dating back to the 2nd century BC was unearthed. The Archaeological Authority carried out excavation work, discovering ancient walls, colourful mosaics, African and Greek marble as well as an array of plates and vases. Today you can see these finds in La Posta Vecchia’s private museum located in the hotel basement.
The villa was part of the ancient port of Alsium. It is thought to have belonged to an influential Roman nobleman, given the size and finish of the building and the type of objects discovered within it. In the 17th century the villa disappeared under the outbuildings of Odescalchi Castle, the building that would later become the home of Paul Getty.