Descend into the fascinating depths of Valletta, built first as a fortress and then as a city. Valletta’s underground was its lifeline. Apart from tunnels for the movement of troops and for grain storage, underground spaces were essential for two other crucial factors: water and drainage, both vital for survival of the city under siege, but also during peace time.

Centuries later, a new frenzy of digging began. The Second World War saw 17,000 tonnes of bombs dropped over Malta. The population of Valletta moved underground into a dense network of shelters that expanded on existing tunnels and cisterns to shield people from certain death. A tale of desperation, and resistance.

Valletta, a world heritage site, cannot be fully appreciated without experiencing what lies beneath it. A unique experience of defence and survival.

Underground Valletta


Monday: 10.00 am - 13.00 pm

Wednesday: 10.00 am - 13.00 pm

Sunday: 10.00 am - 13.00 pm

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Malta

Adults (18+): €15.00

Senior Citizens (60+): €10.00

Concessions & Students: €10.00

Youths (12-17): €10.00

Children (6-11): €10.00


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Auberge de Provence, Republic Street,



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