Built on the ruins of an ancient seaside villa, La Posta Vecchia has a long history of noble ownership. The estate-turned-hotel was originally laid out in the 17th century. Then, in the 1960s, American billionaire J. Paul Getty purchased the property and turned it into his seaside home. During Getty’s residence, the palace was outfitted with ancient works of art, as well as original works and furnishings from the 15th through 17th centuries. The estate now belongs to the Sciò family, who have transformed it into one of the Leading Hotels of the World. The 19 rooms, including 8 suites, are spacious, and many offer views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Each is outfitted with antique furnishings, while bathrooms are clad in precious marbles.
Although La Posta Vecchia is only 30 miles northwest of Rome (about a one-hour drive, traffic permitting), it should be treated as a destination hotel rather than a home base for day trips to the Italian capital. To make the most of the luxurious accommodations, tack a dedicated stay onto the beginning or end of a visit to Rome.
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The isolated coastal destination near the resort town of Ladispoli makes La Posta Vecchia a destination unto itself. Visitors wishing to explore the environs will find rich archeological parks at nearby Cerveteri, where Etruscan burial mounds still preserve original frescoes and reliefs. Although La Posta Vecchia has a private beach, visitors wishing to venture along the coast will find lovely beaches around Santa Marinella 18 miles northwest of the property, while Lake Bracciano is the same distance heading inland and offers relaxing beaches on the edge of an (inactive) volcanic crater. Bracciano and Anguillara Sabazia are lovely medieval towns on the lake.
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Rooms: 19 rooms, including 8 suites. From $300. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The one-Michelin-starred restaurant the Cesar serves à la carte lunch and dinner. Spa and gym details: There is a small beauty center with two treatments rooms, and a beautiful indoor pool.
Who’s it for: Honeymooners and luxury travelers who don’t plan to wander too far from the property. Our favorite rooms: The two master suites, each measuring 1,000 square feet. Local treasure: Head downstairs near the lobby to visit a small private museum showcasing archeological relics uncovered in excavations funded by J. Paul Getty.