About Valletta

Malta’s elegant capital city is said to have been built by gentlemen for gentlemen, but these days, it is inhabited and frequented by people from all walks of life and tourists from all over the world.

The fortress city was built by the Knights of St John following The Great Siege of 1565, and was designed by Pope Pius IV’s most eminent engineer, Francesco Laparelli. With a city so rich in history, the things to do and sites to visit are many, and reminders of Valletta’s grand past are on every corner, in the many Baroque palazzos and auberges. Anyone interested in its history can choose from an array of museums, most notably the magnificent Museum of Archaeology and the Grandmaster’s Palace and Armoury.

Art lovers will be delighted by MUZA, the newly reopened fine art museum, and by the museum at St John’s Co-Cathedral which houses works by Caravaggio and Mattia Preti. Teatru Manoel, Malta’s national theatre and the oldest functioning theatre in Europe, is an attraction and venue that theatre aficionados will not want to miss.

Valletta is also popular for its shops and restaurants, charming hole-in-the-wall wine bars, and public gardens overlooking the Grand Harbour and the neighbouring Three Cities.


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