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Tuesday 23 October 2018: Welcome Reception

Included in Registration Fee for participants.

Accompanying Persons: EUR 25.


Wednesday 24 October 2018: Optional Morning Tour of Valletta for Accompanying Persons

Price: EUR 35 per person. (Min. no. of pax: 10)

Valletta, Malta’s Capital City, has been designated European Capital of Culture 2018. The tour includes a walk to the Barrakka Gardens for a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour, one of the most amazing harbours in the whole of the Mediterranean. The streets of Valletta are also impressive – Baroque buildings built by the Knights of the Order of St John stand right next to Neo-Classical porticos added during the British era, a sight which leads the visitor through centuries of Maltese architectural history. 

Also included is a visit to St John’s Co-Cathedral, Malta’s gem of Baroque art and architecture. Built by the Knights to serve as their conventual church, the austere façade makes the splendid interior a mesmerising surprise for the visitor. The church is home to one of the finest paintings in the world – Caravaggio’s The Beheading of St John the Baptist. A masterpiece in the chiaroscuro style, this painting also bears the signature of the artist, a detail which is very rarely found in other Caravaggio paintings.  The tour proceeds to the Grand Master’s Palace which nowadays houses the President’s Office.

Transport and lunch are also included in the price. Transport back in the afternoon will be coordinated so as to allow participants to join for the Conference Dinner in the evening should they wish to do so. 

Wednesday 24 October 2018: Optional Conference Dinner in Mdina

Price: EUR 45 per person including transport. (Min. no. of pax: 17)

Mdina, the old Capital City of Malta, is the Island’s most picturesque city. The tour starts with a walk through the narrow streets of this small medieval city, which allows the visitors to take in the highly ornate façades of the palazzi belonging to the most important Maltese noble families. The oldest palazzo, Palazzo Santa Sofia, dates back to the 15th century. Dominating the city is the imposing Cathedral built by the famous Maltese architect, Lorenzo Gafá. The dome of this sacred building was Gafa’s masterpiece and is now considered as one of the symbols of the City. 

The walk leads to the bastions, one of the highest points in the area, from where visitors can admire a panoramic view of the Island. Overlooking the whole area, it is easy to understand why the medieval soldiers used this part of the City as a look-out post in order to intervene should there be attacks in the surrounding areas. 

Price includes transport, guided tour and dinner. 

Thursday 25 October 2018: Optional Afternoon Tour to the Three Cities

Price: EUR 35 per person including transport. (Min. no. of pax: 10)

The Three Cities of Birgu, Bormla and Isla (also known respectively as Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea) offer a magnificent insight into the early history of the Knights of the Order of St John in Malta. The fortification structure of the area is impressive and attests to the importance given to the harbour area through the ages. 

The name ‘Vittoriosa’ derives from the vital role the City played in the Great Siege of 1565, namely the victory of the Knights of St John and the Maltese over the Ottoman forces. A monument commemorating this victory can be admired in the main square of Birgu where the Inquisitor’s Palace and National Maritime Museum are also to be found. 

Vittoriosa was the area first selected by the Knights to serve as headquarters of the Order, before the building of the city of Valletta. In fact, the first buildings erected by the Knights are to be found here. Practically none of these building, however, are intact as the area was heavily damaged during the Second World War. Some of the old buildings have been totally rebuilt whilst others have been restored and are nowadays residences, offices or restaurants.

The tour will leave from the hotel when the conference Closing Session ends. Transport, guided tour and packed lunch are included in the price. Excursion will last for c. 4 hours. 

Please indicate the number of persons attending on the Registration Form for logistical purposes. 

Last Updated: 21 November 2017

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