Built around 450 years ago by French Grandmaster Jean De Vallette, Malta’s Capital City is truly a gem. Built soon after the
Great Siege of 1565, Valletta was designed to be an impregnable fortress city. Designed by Italian architect Francesco
Laparelli, Valletta’s streets house a collection of impressive Baroque architecture, airy squares, magnificent palaces,
palazzinos and heritage houses, as well as magnificent Harbour views. It was graced by a multitude of famous artists and
writers throughout the years: rebel painter Caravaggio, Master artist Mattia Preti, as well as writers Sir Walter Scott and
Valletta’s walls bear witness to Malta’s rich history; from the Grand Masters Napoleon Bonaparte and Admiral Nelson’s British forces. From a walled City primarily built to keep the enemy out, today Valletta is a hub of art and culture, lifestyle, entertainment and commerce. To further entrench this openness, its main gate has now been turned into a grand entrance designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano.
Valletta, has been chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage City, and is also the European City of Culture for the year 2018.
Valletta offers a unique lifestyle. Whilst steeped in history, it also offers a contrast with what is modern, vibrant, and inspirational. Whether local or visitor, everyone feels at home in Valletta.