Pass through CITY GATE; the door to the city of Valletta. The impressive gate marks the beginning of Republic Street and was designed by architect Renzo Piano. Wander through the streets of Valletta and marvel at the NEW PARLIAMENT BUILDING and the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE also designed by the Italian architect during the City Gate Project. The exterior of the contemporary New Parliament Building resembles the limestone that the Maltese Islands are recognised for; the holes in the structure replicate the erosion of limestone over time. The ruins of the Royal Opera House have also been converted into an open-air theatre for all to enjoy.
Visit the UPPER BARRAKKA GARDENS; a beautiful public garden in Valletta dating back to 1661 when it was a private garden of the Italian Knights. Today, the garden offers a breath-taking panoramic view of the Grand Harbour. Visit the LOWER BARRAKKA GARDENS and marvel at the BELL TOWER to view the entrance of the Grand Harbour.
Enjoy lunch at ST JOHN’S SQUARE and try traditional Maltese pastizzi; a delicious savoury filo pastry pasty filled with either rich ricotta cheese or mushy peas.
Explore CASA ROCCA PICCOLA, the home of the aristocratic de Piro family. The 16th century palace provides an exclusive insight into the customs and traditions of the Maltese nobility over the last 400 years. You will also see a network of tunnels which were used as Bomb Shelters in World War Two.
After exploring the smallest capital city in Europe, it’s time for another traditional Maltese meal. Why not try Malta’s national dish Fenek; rabbit stew? Or delicious ravioli packages filled with cheese made from sheep’s milk?