City of Valetta
Valletta, the capital city of the beautiful island of Malta, is a true masterpiece of Baroque art that has endured for centuries. The city is also known as The Fortress City and Citta' Umilissima. It stands proudly on the rocky Mount Sceberras peninsula, majestically overlooking two deep harbours, Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. Built-in just 15 years by the Knights of St John in 1566, Valletta is now a World Heritage City and one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.
The grid of narrow streets is a true marvel, boasting some of Europe's finest artworks, churches, and palaces. The intricate and ornate architecture of Valletta's buildings is breathtaking, each telling its own story. The city is a bustling administrative and commercial centre, busy by day, yet it retains a timeless atmosphere that makes it a truly unique experience. The narrow side streets are filled with charming shops and cafés, each offering a glimpse into the local way of life. Meanwhile, the main streets are home to various internationally branded fashion, music, jewellery shops, and more.
Valletta is a city that has it all, from history and culture to modernity and commerce. It is a true gem of the Mediterranean, and anyone who visits will surely be captivated by its charm and beauty.
How about taking a selfie with the “Funtana tat-Tritoni”?
The Triton Fountain, a majestic landmark, stands at the entrance of Valletta. It was recently restored, and the square was previously a public transport terminus.
The square has been wholly pedestrianized, and the fountain has been restored to its rightful prominence.
Take a stroll down Republic Street, Triq ir-Repubblika or King’s Way.
As you leave the Triton Fountain, you’ll walk towards the new Maltese Parliament building, designed by Renzo Piano. Crossing the bridge over the Valletta ditch, you’ll see the grandeur of the Valletta bastions. You’ll find the new Parliament building once you pass through the City Gate on the right-hand side. A few meters away, you’ll come across the ruins of the Old Theatre, “It-Teatru l-Mwaqqa’”, destroyed during WW2 and never rebuilt.
Recently, it was refurbished and turned into an open-air theatre. As you stroll down Republic Street, don’t forget to look up and admire the beautiful architecture of Valletta, including the stone faces that adorn many of the buildings on Republic Street and Merchant’s Street.
Eat at Caffe Cordina, Pjazza Regina
Located in an old palazzo, Caffe Cordina has been successful for over 175 years. Although it started as a tea shop in Bormla, it now offers excellent sweets and refreshments for locals and foreign visitors.
Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, located on Republic Street.
Valletta, Malta, boasts an array of stunning churches, among them the renowned St. John’s Co-Cathedral, which features Caravaggio’s masterpiece. Additionally, the 16th-century St. Francis of Assisi Church is adorned with remarkable artworks and statues, making it a lesser-known yet equally awe-inspiring destination.
Experience a Regal Delight at Casa Rocca Piccola on Republic Street.
Casa Rocca Piccola, the magnificent palace home to the noble de Piro family, is often referred to as a “living museum.” Built in 1580, it is still privately owned and one of the few palazzos in Malta open to the public. The palace features a maze of rooms, including a chapel, summer dining room, library, and underground bomb shelters.
Have you considered visiting the National War Museum in Fort Saint Elmo?
Explore Valletta’s National War Museum, which houses historical artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age, around 2,500 B.C. Immerse yourself in Malta’s rich history of victories, losses, and everything.