VALLETTA “WORK OF ART” TOUR
Valletta is the smallest capital city in Europe, but it has 7000 years of history. Within its 16th century walls you'll find panoramic gardens, cathedrals and museums. You'll soon understand why its old town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- Barrakka Gardens
- Co-Cathedral of St John the Baptist: external visit
- Magisterial Palace
- National Museum of Archaeology
- Old town
- The tour starts in the Barrakka Gardens on the St. Peter and Paul Bastion Here you can stroll among the greenery, among works of art and panoramic views of the Grand Port.
- You'll then visit the exterior of a masterpiece of Baroque architecture: the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, founded by the Knights of Malta in 1577. Inside it are not one, but two, works by Caravaggio: the Beheading of St. John the Baptist and Saint Jerome Writing.
- Built in 1574, the Magisterial Palace now houses the Office of the President of Malta, but was once the residence of the Grand Masters of Malta.
- If you're interested in ornaments, statuettes, altars and utensils from Maltese megalithic temples, don't miss a visit to the National Museum of Archaeology.
Good to know
- If there are parliamentary sittings taking place in the Magisterial Palace, the tour of the Palace rooms will be replaced by a visit to the Palace Armory or Museum of Archaeology.