Mdina
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Valletta, Mdina, and Mosta Night Tour

1. Valletta, Mdina, and Mosta Night Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Valletta, and then take a bus tour of the city to see the monuments illuminated after dark. Admire the floodlit fortifications and stop on the waterfront to take souvenir photos. Proceed to Barrakka Gardens to get a breathtaking view of the Grand Harbor. Then, stroll over to the Malta 5D show and watch in awe as the history of the island is brought to life from a fresh perspective. Next, travel to the 3rd largest unsupported dome in the world at the 18th-century Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta. Hear the story of the World War II bomb that failed to explode and spared the lives of around 300 people. End with a visit to the silent city of Mdina and explore the former capital on foot. Walk down the quaint alleys and narrow streets, and admire the illuminations of St. Paul's Cathedral. Get a breathtaking view of the island from the bastion walls, and enjoy some free time for a coffee.

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Malta: Mdina and Rabat Walking Tour

2. Malta: Mdina and Rabat Walking Tour

Mdina, once the capital city of Malta, has had many names throughout its history, but its medieval name describes it best: "Città Notabile" - the noble city. Built on a plateau in the center of the island, its baroque cathedral and magnificent bastions dominate the skyline. A stroll through its narrow streets, which have not changed much in the last 1,000 years, is a must for any visitor to Malta. The area occupied by Mdina has been inhabited since at least the Bronze Age. The Phoenicians and Romans established their own settlements here, but the modern name and layout of the city reflect Arab rule before the Normans firmly established it as the country's capital. Although the construction of Valletta lessened its importance, a strong earthquake in 1693 led to reconstruction and a revival of the city. Since that time, Mdina has changed very little. Walk past the most notable sites in Mdina, including Vilhena Palace, St. Agatha’s Chapel, the Banca Giuratale, the Mdina Cathedral, and much more.

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Mdina City Walking Tour

3. Mdina City Walking Tour

Mdina is a fortified hill-top urban settlement located at the very heart of the Maltese Islands. Founded by the Romans, for almost two centuries it served as the administrative and political capital of the Maltese Islands. It is to this day the seat of Malta 's episcopacy. Meet your guide at the Mdina Main Gate by the bridge and start your tour with an introduction on the city's historical background. You will then proceed to discover the “Citta' Notabile”, the Noble City, its medieval name which describes it best it was home then, as now, to Malta's noble families. You will see the impressive palaces, churches, and convents that line the narrow medieval streets. As you wind your way through the narrow streets you will be thrown back in time. The neighboring suburb, Rabat is just a stone’s throw away. There you will make your way through the old quarter and enjoy Maltese vernacular architecture.

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Half-Day Tour of Mosta, Ta'Qali Crafts Village & Mdina

4. Half-Day Tour of Mosta, Ta'Qali Crafts Village & Mdina

Visit three of Malta's most distinct attractions on this half-day tour in the heart of the island. Explore the town of Mosta and stop in at the Church of St. Mary, which features one of the largest domes in the world. On April 9, 1942 a German bomb pierced the dome and fell among a congregation of more than 300 people, but did not explode. The event has become legendary, with many regarding it as a miracle. A replica of the bomb can be seen in the church's sacristy. Then visit the nearby village of Ta'Qali, where a former British military outpost has been converted into handicraft workshops. Here you can watch local artisans at work blowing elaborate glass art pieces, intricately assembling silver filigree jewelery, and carving local limestone. Finish with a visit to Mdina, Malta's ancient capital and one of the world's best medieval fortifications. Admire panoramic views of the entire Maltese landscape, and visit St. Paul's Cathedral ̶ built on the site where governor Publius was reported to have met St. Paul following his shipwreck off the Maltese coast.

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Valletta & Mdina: Private Tour

5. Valletta & Mdina: Private Tour

Let your guide escort you on a private 5-hour tour of Valletta and Mdina, Malta's most iconic and important historical cities. Enjoy the comfort and exclusivity of a private tour. Discover why Valletta, Malta's current capital city, is an architectural and historical gem. Founded by the Knights of St John following the victory of the Great Siege of 1565, the town is a monument in itself. Your private tour guide will lead you through this World Heritage Site and highlight the history behind the imposing facades. Embark on a journey of cultural discovery around this fortress city – a living testimony to Malta's rich heritage. Then, proceed by private transportation to Mdina, the former capital which stands on a hilltop in the center of the island. Mdina is one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled city, characterized by medieval and baroque architecture. Here, you will discover the "Citta Notabile", the Nobel City, home to Malta's noble families for centuries. Impressive palaces, churches and convents line its narrow winding streets. Together with your tour guide you will stroll at a leisurely pace through the town and enjoy fantastic views of Malta from its walls.

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Valletta: Malta's Noble Homes and Palaces Private Tour

6. Valletta: Malta's Noble Homes and Palaces Private Tour

Meet your local guide and learn about the history and rich culture of the Mediterranean island of Malta. Discover splendid examples of medieval architecture, palaces adorned with Baroque decorations, noble residences, and wonderful gardens. The tour starts with a walking tour in Mdina. Make the first stop at Palazzo Falson. This palace is the second oldest surviving building in Mdina, dating back to the 13th century. Then discover Palazzo de Piro, a 17th-century building nestled in the bastion walls of the medieval city. Stop for a tea or coffee and enjoy spectacular views from the Palace's panoramic terrace. Continue your journey to visit the gardens of San Anton, the most beautiful botanical garden on the island. Find the chapel built by the Knights of St. John and the nearby Presidential Palace. Finally, stop at Naxxar to visit Palazzo Parisio, described as the Maltese Versailles for the beauty of its walled gardens.

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What people are saying about Mdina

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Our guide Angele was fantastic. Her knowledge of history generally, and Mdina and Rabat particularly, was excellent. The tour was informative, engaging highly worthwhile.

What a fantastic tour! Nice, spontaneous woman who could answer all questions. If we visit Mdina again in the future, we will look at it in a completely different way.

The trip was great, well organized, the guide was very nice, we learned a lot about the history of Malta, monuments, etc. 5D show - a revelation

Knowledgeable host who was clearly passionate about Malta’s history and future.

Good organization, pick up time half an hour later than indicated