Valletta, the Maltese Capital and the 2018 European Culture City has now been included in the Lonely Planet top ten cities to be visited during 2015.
Valletta is named after its founder, the respected Grand Master of the Order of St. John, Jean Parisot de la Valette. The magnificent fortress city grew on the arid rock of Mount Sceberras peninsula, which rises steeply from two deep harbours, Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. Started in 1566, Valletta was completed, with its impressive bastions, forts and cathedral, in the astonishingly short time of 15 years.
Renzo Piano has be appointed to redesign the Capital City. This project comprises of four parts, the Valletta City Gate and its site immediately outside the city walls, the design for an open-air theatre ‘machine’ within the ruins of the former Royal opera house, the construction of a new Parliament building and the landscaping of the ditch.
In 2012, Valletta was declared European Capital of Culture. This prestigious title reflects the incredibly rich cultural heritage of this Baroque masterpiece. The “European Capital of Culture” event gives European cities the opportunity to present a one-year cultural programme that highlights the richness, diversity and shared characteristics of Europe’s cultures.