Off the ferry and into Valletta, which is very attractive. The streets are laid out in a fairly easy to navigate grid, so you can soon get orientated. First stop, coffee in a little cafe, under the trees. Then, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, with it’s ostentatious interior, it’s chapels dedicated to the various Langues of the Order of St. John and, perhaps most importantly of all, it’s Caravaggio.
The Beheading of St. John the Baptist was painted around 1608 and it’s a truly awe inspiring and clever picture. It’s also huge. In fact it’s probably one of Caravaggio’s biggest canvases and it’s well sited in the Cathedral’s Oratory.
Culture needs sustenance, so a pit-stop is required. Suitably filled with gelato, we then started off for Fort St. Elmo, which proved to be closed for restoration. This is unfortunate, as the fort is well worth a visit, particularly if you’re interested in the Great Siege of Malta (1565).
From here, we headed back along Republic Street, before turning our attention to the souvenir shops. A short walk to the ferry, left us with 10 minutes for a coffee in Cockneys, before the ferry arrived (punctually) to take us back to Sliema.
All in all, a good day out.