We arrived in Valletta closer to 6 p.m. and we had time to walk around a little bit before finding a place to eat. We haven’t booked anything, so we knew that it would could take some time to find a restaurant with a table available.
Gates of Valletta
By sheer luck we found out that this night is Notte Bianca where everything is open late and there are some open air performances.
So when we realized that we will stay in Valletta for a few hours longer than we thought, we really needed to find a place to eat. Finally we walked by a restaurant called Capistrano and had dinner there. The dinner was quite good, which is always a nice surprise when you stumble upon a good place without much research.
After the restaurant we didn’t have any schedule of what’s going on in Valletta, so we just walked around trying to catch as many things as possible.
There were a lot of performances going on around the city.
We were surprised that St. John’s Co-Cathedral was open as it normally closes around 4 p.m. and there was a huge line leading to the cathedral. The cathedral was really gorgeous inside, had an interesting collection of marble tombstones, and in one room a gorgeous collection of paintings by Caravaggio, which we weren’t allowed to photograph.
The cool thing was that there were a couple of people doing the restoration works and applying thin gold sheets to the golden details in the cathedral. It was fascinating to watch.
We finished the night with some awesome ice cream from Amorino. I loved buying ice cream in Malta. You say what size of cup you want and how many flavors and they make sure they all fit and you pay for the size. So it is never an issue to taste many flavors rather than the regular 1-2 flavors you get when you buy ice cream by the scoop.