What to see near the port of Malta (Valletta)
There are numerous monuments and places of interest present on the Maltese territory. Our list can only start with the assets declared World Heritage Site by Unesco.
We refer to buildings such as the Grand Master's Palace, the church of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, the co-cathedral of San Giovanni, the church of Our Lady of Carmel, the Manoel Theater and the Auberge d'Italie. You can admire all these places in the historic center of Valletta (the capital of the Republic of Malta is also listed as a UNESCO heritage site).
Also in the heart of the city you can see Fort Sant'Elmo and the Barrakka Gardens (upper and lower): from the latter you can enjoy a beautiful view of the port and the so-called Three Fortified Cities (Birgu , Senglea and Cospicua). Not many kilometers from the port there is another Unesco site: it is the Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni, an underground structure dating back to prehistoric times.
The city of Valletta is also home to the National Museum of Archeology (housed inside the Auberge de Provence ) and is also linked to the figure of Caravaggio. In the aforementioned co-cathedral of San Giovanni there are in fact two paintings by the brilliant and controversial Italian painter: the Beheading of San Giovanni Battista (the only work to bear his signature) and the writing San Girolamo.