Monday, June 26, 2017


Only half an hour from Rome Fuimicino Airport – a seaside hotel full of art, history and elegance. Ulrika Thelander writes …

If you want to combine the city of Rome with something more – this is the place! A tranquil garden by the sea and Jean Paul Getty´s former home, full of history, Lavishly decorated in classic grand style, this small hideaway hotel opens up to delightful terraces on the seawall.

Service is top level and the food and beverage experience excellent. The restaurant is soon to get a Michelin star.

Terrace with sun chairs and a lovely outdoor/indoor restaurant plus the sea...

Entrance to the hotel...

From checkin desk onward, the hotel is rich with Renaissance treasures...
All the rooms have a different layout and design, some more classic in style with sumptuous furnishings. If you want high ceilings stay on the first floor. If you want small windows and a cosy feeling – floor 2. Rooms face the sea or garden – all nice.

Some of the desirable suites...

Senior suite

It's worth upgrading yourself to a larger historic suite. And if money is no object…the Jean Paul Getty Suite with fabulous interiors and a wall of windows overlooking the sea.

Jean Paul Getty suite bedroom

Jean Paul Getty suite

An indoor pool opens onto a terrace with sunbeds...
Indoor pool

What to do: For pure leisure enjoy the pool, spa, terraces and excellent F&B. Ladispoli has black / yellow sand beaches – you can swim here in fairly clear water, and walk along the beach. If looking for crystal clear water venture further north to sister hotel Il Pellicano or combine the two.

In the hotel's Roman Villa Museum you can learn some ancient history. Or simply arrange for an exclusive and romantic dinner there.

La Posta Vecchia was built in the 17th century over part of the ancient port city of Alsium, originally Etruscan but later Roman. The American billionaire J. Paul Getty purchased the property in the 1960s. Together with art historian Federico Zeri, he decorated it with unique furnishings from the 15th and 17th centuries and precious artwork from around the world. In the 1980s the private home was purchased by the SciĆ² family, who in 1990 turned it into this unique hotel.

Stately seaside villa in formal gardens only 40 mins from the Trevi Founrtain 


No. of rooms:  19 (including 8 suites)

Facilities: Fine dining restaurant, private dining, spa, pool
Distance from airport:  30-40 minutes (Rome Fiumicino)
Distance from nearest town/shops/restaurants:  some 5-10 minutes
Reason to stay here: historic hotel by the sea with great service and food

For more about this excellent Select Collection property see our website.

Words & images by Select Collection & Ulrika Thelander

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