Valletta Centre FREE Tour

Information about this Tour

Overview
  • Valletta, Malta’s capital city, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and elegant cities in Europe. A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, it is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world, boasting some of Europe's finest palaces and churches, as well as numerous museums.

    Following their heroic defence of Malta during the Great Siege of 1565, the Knights of St. John set about constructing a new, impregnable fortress city, named after its founder and hero of the siege, the French Grand Master Jean de Valette. Over the ensuing centuries, the new city was embellished with an impressive array of buildings, designed by some of the best European architects of the era and filled with priceless works of art. Today, Valletta is Malta’s main administrative and commercial centre. The city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture 2018.

    Our Valletta Free Tour is the perfect introduction to the city, as our guides will help you orientate yourself and point out all the main landmarks. We do not believe in simply repeating boring facts but will keep you entertained with fascinating true stories of murderous plots, scandal and intrigue. Who was the real Jean de Valette? What was it like for the starving French troops blockaded in the city after the Maltese uprising of 1798? How did the artist Caravaggio escape from prison and why did he flee from Malta? We will visit the Upper Barracca Gardens, built on top of the bastions and offering a breathtaking view of the Grand Harbour and its impressive fortifications; and the infamous Strada Stretta, or ‘The Gut’ as it was known by the British servicemen who frequented its establishments.

    We'll be walking past the most notable sites in Valletta:

    • The new Parliament building and the ruins of the Royal Opera House
    • The Church of Our Lady of Victory
    • Upper Barrakka Gardens
    • The Auberges of Castille and Italy
    • The Castellania, or Law Courts of the Knights
    • St. John’s Co-cathedral
    • The Great Siege Monument
    • Strait Street
    • St. George’s Square and the Grand Master’s Palace

    ...and much more!

Innovogy Ltd | 2017

>