Descend into the fascinating depths of Valletta, built first as a fortress and then as a city.
Valletta’s underground was its lifeline. Apart from tunnels for the movement of troops and for grain storage, underground spaces were essential for two other crucial factors: water and drainage, both vital for the survival of the city under siege, but also during peace time.
Centuries later, a new frenzy of digging began. The Second World War saw 17,000 tonnes of bombs dropped over Malta. The population of Valletta moved underground into a dense network of shelters that expanded on existing tunnels and cisterns to shield people from certain death. A tale of desperation, and resistance.
Valletta, a world heritage site, cannot be fully appreciated without experiencing what lies beneath it. A unique experience of defence and survival.
Tours are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays.
As from Monday 17th January 2022, visitors visiting HM Sites & Museums will be required to present a valid vaccine certificate; with the exception of children under the age of 12 years.
Visitors who do not have a valid vaccine certificate can enter HM Sites/Museums if they provide either of the below:
- Negative RT-PCR or antigen test result not exceeding 72 hours;
- Positive RT-PCR test result not older than 6 months, certifying recovery from Covid;
- Vaccination cards issued by health authorities
- Visitors showing a health certificate stating that visitor cannot be vaccinated due to a health condition
Visitors who purchased their tickets before the 17th January are exempted from vaccine certificate requirements.
Tickets are available online from www.shop.heritagemalta.org or from the National Museum of Archaeology.