Valletta

The Dark History of Valletta

Come and discover the darker side of Malta’s capital city. Hear of its 16th Century ghosts who threw parties in the 1990s; learn the truth about Valletta’s namesake Jean de Valette; hear how a change of lunch plans led to murder among friars; and discover the hidden meanings of the naked breasts in Valletta’s main square.

Law Courts of Malta

Stories of the Strange in Valletta

Discover the more unusual stories from Valletta’s past, like the city’s uncomfortable history with poo; the unusual rebels who tried to overthrow the Knights of Malta; the place where the plague of 1813 began; and learn the story of a British Army surgeon who came to Malta while hiding an incredible secret.

The highly-decorated baroque interior of St John's Co-Cathedral

Secrets of St John’s Co-Cathedral

Come learn the secret signs and symbols hidden within one of Tripadvisor’s Top 25 attractions in Europe. Hear stories from the lives of the Knights of Malta and the messages they left for you from beyond the grave; learn the stories behind two incredible Caravaggio paintings; and discover why this unforgettable church is a co-cathedral.

Aerial view of St Catherine's Monastery in Valletta

Mysteries in a Valletta Monastery

Take a tour around the Mysterium Fidei Museum, part of the cloistered St Catherine’s monastery. This intimate tour, held exclusively after hours, will show you around where the nuns live, reveal the truth behind the monastery’s “control rooms” and lead you into the candlelit crypt where you’ll be told of the rituals surrounding its death bed – and more.

A view of the large, circular Mosta dome basilica. Pic by Tony Hisgett under Creative Commons 2.0

Book a Private Tour

Want to experience the rich history of the Maltese islands? Book a private tour for any of the dark history walks, or for a family-friendly trip covering the highlights of Malta’s past. This can include visits to the megalithic temples, the ancient city of Mdina, the fishing village of Marsaxlokk and the sleepy charms of the island of Gozo.