The Dark History of Valletta

The Dark History of Valletta

Discover stories of murder, ghosts and crimes of passion from Malta's capital city

Take a Journey into the Shadows

Valletta might be a UNESCO World Heritage site, but beneath all the charm of its streets and squares lies a darker side to the city’s story.

During this walking tour you’ll be told stories covering crime and tragedy, hear ghost stories, learn the truth about the naughty Knights of Malta and uncover secrets of the city’s statues.

You’ll discover how the ghost of 16th Century knight Oliver Starkey haunted a house in the 1990s – and how he was eventually persuaded to stop disturbing the neighbours. You’ll also hear the shocking contents of a letter that a lovesick man sent to the woman he was obsessed with, shortly before he murdered her.

You’ll also learn why over a hundred boys entered a church but never came out; the truth about Jean de Valette, the founder of Malta’s capital city; and the hidden meanings behind a grotesque statue that watches over the people in Valletta, right above their heads.

All this, and more, on the Dark History of Valletta tour.

What to Expect

Horrible Histories

Dark Malta Tours tell true stories of murder, crime, witchcraft, tragedy and naughty behaviour from across Malta's history.

Historic Setting

The setting for this walking tour will be Malta's picturesque and historic capital city Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Professional Guide

The tour will be conducted by Mario, a licensed tourist guide who has spent years studying the darker side of Malta's history.

Flexible Access

The tour is suitable for people of average fitness and ability. Please get in touch if you have mobility requirements.

Payments

Payment can be made by credit card in advance to secure your booking, or in cash or Revolut at the start of the tour.

Contact

Ask for more information or make a booking on +356 99892628 or click the icon above to send an email.

Tour Meeting Point

The Triton Fountain at night
The tour begins at the Triton Fountain at the entrance to Valletta

€15 per ticket

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Law Courts of Malta

Stories of the Strange in Valletta

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

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Aerial view of St Catherine's Monastery in Valletta

Mysteries in a Valletta Monastery

Wander through the charming streets of medieval Mdina while hearing of the miraculous ways in which its inhabitants held off their siege invaders; see the exact place where a huge treasure hoard was uncovered; and find out why a woman was once paraded semi-naked on a donkey through Mdina’s streets.

A waxwork of a woman with the plague

A Night of Terror in Mdina Dungeons

Take an exclusive guided tour around Mdina Dungeons at night and hear tales of terror and trauma from Malta’s dark past. Examine lifelike displays showing torturers and their butchered victims, witches, plague victims and more, while hearing blood-curdling stories of these brutal, true-life moments from history.

The drawing room of a palazzo

Dark Tales in an Mdina Palazzo

Gain rare access to an exquisite Mdina palazzo and discover strange stories from its fascinating past. You’ll touch a piece of the True Cross as certified by a Pope, see tiny rooms where slaves slept and the place where legend has it a French solider was beaten to death. The tour will end with drinks on either the roof or in the stunning drawing room.

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.

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