The Marbella Ralli Museum
The Marbella Ralli Museum is home to one of Europe’s most important collections of Latin American and European art. The museum is located on the city’s iconic Golden Mile on the Costa del Sol, with its year-round tourism.
Surrounded by beautiful residential areas, the Marbella Ralli Museum is just 50 metres from the beach, and can be accessed directly from the promenade. This environment is reflected inside the building, bringing a sense of peace and Mediterranean light into the rooms.
The building, formerly a well-known restaurant of some prestige in the area, was transformed and restored by Harry Recanati to house the Ralli Collection. It is characterised by a charming yet deceptively spacious exterior which opens up to reveal an interior space consisting of two large open-plan floors with gleaming marble floors and high ceilings. The building thereby takes on its own personality, with architecture that provides a unique setting for us to enjoy the great collection of Latin American and European art on display inside.
Just 3 minutes on foot from the Marbella Ralli Museum is a unique archaeological site of great beauty: the Roman Villa of Río Verde, one of the province’s most important archaeological sites.
Many people come to visit the Museum after a walk, cycle or Segway ride from Marbella and Puerto Banús, enjoying the outdoors, the sun, the beach and some of the cultural activities on offer in the city of Marbella.
The Roman Villa of Río Verde is a luxurious villa of Punic origin that was discovered in the 1960s by Carlos Posac Mon, archaeologist and professor of Greek, and Fernando Alcalá Marín, lawyer, official chronicler of Marbella and local delegate of archaeological excavations at that time. Initially dated by its discoverers as being from around the 1st or early 2nd century AD, it has subsequently been dated to the middle of the 2nd century to early 3rd century AD.
We can see some of the villa’s rooms, although not their entirety as a large part still lies underneath independent detached houses. Even so, this great discovery and the archaeological work that has been carried out around it since 1960 allows us to see one of the most luxurious and high-quality areas today, with a wide variety of motifs and decorative elements.
The Villa was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1988 in the category of Archaeological Zone. Visits can be made by prior reservation at Marbella City Council’s culture department. Contact them here.
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