As a young girl, the quiet streets of Valletta were my playground. I read adventure stories nestled in the shade of the trees at the Upper Barrakka Gardens. I played hide and seek among the ruins of the Old Opera House. I attended weekly mass with Caravaggio’s The Beheading of St John the Baptist watching over me, surrounded by the masterpieces at St John’s Co-Cathedral. And on Sundays, my grandfather would treat me to a pastry from the iconic Cordina’s Cafe.
A childhood lived in Malta’s capital is a childhood like no other, and I gathered an appreciation for the Baroque architecture, the gorgeous palazzos and other artistic treasures from an early age.
As an adult, I find myself no less inspired by this city, a UNESCO World Heritage site that vibrates with life. It came as no surprise to anyone that the first book I published was, precisely, a collection of stories about Valletta. Today I rejoice, seeing travellers fall in love with our Capital in the same way I did. As a writer and journalist, this is why I’m proud to be part of Very Valletta, a concept that opens up my beloved city to those who can appreciate it in a sustainable manner, mindful of the local communities, while supporting smaller local businesses that are the lifeline of the city.