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Leave the entrance gate behind you and follow the tree-lined drive to the front door, where carriages once stopped. Today, behind the table in the lobby, you are greeted with a smile because you are the much-anticipated guest of a refined The Leading Hotels of The World. Before you is the terrace overlooking the sea, drenched in sunlight from dawn to dusk. Around you is the greenery of the garden with its palm trees, Mediterranean pines, flowers and scented plants. Inside, you will discover delicately decorated wood ceilings, precious antiques, tapestries, paintings and statues.

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Today, La Posta Vecchia is a refined five-star luxury hotel, but in the 17th century, it was an outbuilding of the castle owned by the Orsini family, one of the oldest families in Rome. Following its sale, and a devastating fire, the American billionaire J. Paul Getty purchased the property in the 1960s, transforming it into his seaside home. During the restoration, a Roman villa from the 2nd century BC was discovered, and its precious remnants are now exhibited in the hotel’s museum. For several decades, this 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, and since then the villa has operated as an elegant and refined five-star luxury hotel, not far from Rome. From 1992 to 2012, it joined Relais & Chateaux and has been classified by Condé Nast as one of the world’s 100 most exclusive and extraordinary hotels. During the summer months, villa life moves outdoors, in the shade of the trees and the gazebos. Lovely ladies and young couples bring life to the garden with conversation, laughter and the rustle of newspapers, while cool cocktails and fragrant coffee are served to our guests.
 
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