Valletta's Top 10
Collected by David Nikel, AFAR Local Expert
Triq San Gwann, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
Hidden behind a nondescript facade is one of the world’s must-visit cathedrals. Its glittering gold interior represents the pinnacle of high Baroque architecture. The eight chapels within St. John's are dedicated to the eight branches of the...
Republic St, Valletta, Malta
The administrative center of Malta for more than 300 years, the Grand Master’s Palace provides visitors with an atmospheric look at Malta’s military history. Immaculately preserved weapons and armor send viewers’ imaginations back to the Great...
Mediterranean Street, Valletta, Malta
This audiovisual show depicts Malta’s gripping history, which spans over 7,000 years. In 50 minutes, you will gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the island’s tumultuous past and its remarkable people. Of particular interest are the tales...
Ġnein is-Sultan St, Valletta, Malta
These underground tunnels and chambers 150 feet beneath the Upper Barrakka Gardens once served as a headquarters for Allied operations during World War II. Commanders stationed here oversaw some of the most ambitious campaigns in the...
Fort St Elmo, Valletta VLT 1741, Malta
The most famous museum in the country, Malta’s National War Museum sits on the tip of the Valletta peninsula at Fort Saint Elmo. The main collection focuses on World War I and World War II, including the fuselage of a Gloster Sea Gladiator, a...
292 Triq Sant' Orsla, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
Located on the highest tier of the 16th-century St. Peter & Paul Bastion, the Upper Barrakka Gardens are one of Valletta’s most scenic spots. Visitors can gaze out and enjoy breathtaking views of the Grand Harbour and the fortified city of...
Old Theatre Street, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
Perhaps the city’s most iconic landmark at a height of 42 meters, the oval-shaped dome of the basilica looms large on Valletta’s skyline. Although the church dates back to 1570, it was badly damaged during World War II and only reopened in its...
74 Republic St, Valletta, Malta
A 16th-century palace, Casa Rocca Piccola provides a fascinating journey through 400 years of family history. The 50 rooms of this remarkable property include two libraries, two dining rooms and a chapel. The family archives of the noble de Piro...
Republic St, Valletta, Malta
Housed in the impressive Baroque Auberge de Provence, the National Museum of Archaeology exhibits delicate stone tools and Phoenician amulets among its collection dating to the Neolithic period, as far back as 5200 B.C.E. The museum provides a...
222, Triq Ir-Repubblika, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
The city’s three-story Toy Museum holds an impressive collection of impeccably preserved toys from the 1940s to the '70s. View vintage model vehicles, stuffed animals and remarkable dolls, many owned by the founder who was inspired to open the...
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