Tour to Vittoriosa in Malta
5 August 2014
Are you looking for information about Vittoriosa? In this review about Vittoriosa in Malta, you will find many pictures and information on the main monuments and possible itineraries during your tour to the city. Vittoriosa is a maze of narrow alleys among buildings that date back to the sixteenth century and that have a very particular architecture, with typical wooden verandas and walls of limestone. Places not to be missed during any visit to Vittoriosa are the Inquisitor's Palace and the Malta at War Museum.
How to get to Vittoriosa?
Vittoriosa is connected to Valletta by bus (the trip takes about twenty minutes) and, seasonally, also by a fast boat service to Valletta harbour and to other ports in Malta. From the waterfront of Vittoriosa there is a beautiful view of Senglea, a city that is located on the opposite side of the harbour.
Vittoriosa is a city fortified by massive walls built of limestone, that until the seventeenth century, housed within them the military barracks. A series of tunnels dug into the bedrock below, hosted instead a series of air-raid shelters used during the Second World War. The whole complex is currently home of the very interesting museum of the war in Malta.
Pictures of limestone extracted from quarries in Malta and used for most of the buildings on the island. The limestone acts as a good thermal insulation agent both in summer and in winter, thanks to the massive bricks used for the external walls.
The old military barracks and the gateway leading to Malta War Museum.
Malta at War Museum houses a large number of artifacts dating back to World War II, as Malta played a key role during the conflict and was hit by heavy bombing.
Pictures of Malta War Museum. Beneath the War Museum of Malta, you can visit the air-raid shelters dug in the limestone rock, where the inhabitants were forced to move (and live for long time, if necessary), during the bombings of World War II. In the pictures, a dense network of claustrophobic tunnels leading to various bunkers having different functions.
Photos of air-raid shelters. The air-raid shelters housed the population of Malta during the heavy bombing in World War II and the dense network of tunnels and rooms dug into the rock also contained a delivery room and an infirmary.
In these pictures of the air-raid shelters, public toilets (top image) and part of the dormitory with bunk beds.
More photos of the narrow tunnels and rooms of the air-raid shelters in Malta.
The tour in Vittoriosa continues entering the defensive walls protecting the city.
Vittoriosa photos. The waterfront of Vittoriosa in Malta is home to a large number of small boats and offers stunning views of the city of Senglea, located on the opposite bank of the canal.
In Vittoriosa there are picturesque corners to get lost while walking around for a few hours.
At the end of the waterfront in Vittoriosa, there is Fort Sant'Angelo, an imposing fortress that, at the writing of this report in August 2014, was under restoration.
Photos of Vittoriosa and Senglea taken along the waterfront.
Photo of the church of St.Lawrence in Vittoriosa.
During our tour in Vittoriosa in early August, the city was in preparation for the feast of St. Lawrence. For the occasion, the city is decorated and colorful papier-mâché statues are exhibited.
Photo of Vittoriosa and its typical narrow streets that wind between ancient buildings, some dating back to the sixteenth century, currently decorated for the feast of San Lorenzo.
The trip to Vittoriosa continues with a visit to the Inquisitor's Palace, another destination not to be missed during a tour in Malta. This former palace, built in 1530, was the seat of the court and the prison at the time of the Inquisition and Suppression of Heresy, and now houses an interesting museum dedicated to the subject.
Photos of the Inquisitor's Palace in Malta, where you can observe the court (left image) and the torture room (top image) sometimes used to extract confessions.
During the tour to Inquisitor's palace, visitors you can enter the old prisons, consisting of narrow cells measuring just a few square meters, which can be accessed from a courtyard.
Inside the cells there are engravings on the walls left by prisoners, which include calendars to count number of days (left pictures) or true works of art (right picture).
Hello, I'm George and this is my cell. The structure you see in the corner, is the toilet and it is shared with that of Gaspare, the prisoner upstairs. When Gaspare need to use the toilet, he tells me by knocking on the floor, so that I have time to move. When instead it's me to need the toilet, I have to actually climb over the pipe and sit on it, hoping that Gaspare will not have any urgent business to do in the meanwhile...