When travelling down almost any country lane around the islands it is often hard to miss the ever abundant cacti that flow over the Ħajt tas-Sejjieħ (rubble wall / dry stone wall) lining the roads. These flat cacti are the source of one of Malta’s more unusual products and national obsessions … the prickly pear.
Frequently described as one of Malta’s finest examples of a noble baroque country residence, Villa Bologna is expansive and grand though still retains the feeling of a much loved family home.
There are few artists that have had such a singular significance on the artistic heritage of an entire nation as Mattia Preti had on the Maltese Islands. His extensive collection of work is displayed and exhibited across the islands and has a place in nearly every significant artistic collection of note.
Figolli are a traditional Maltese sweet, baked during the holy week in preparation for Easter Sunday. Made from sweet pastry, an almond filling and decorated with icing sugar and chocolate. They can conceivable are made into an infinite variety of shapes, though the traditional Christian and Easter symbols including fish, sheep, the madonna, a rabbit, eggs or a duck are easily the most common.
For readily apparent reasons the feast of ‘St. Paul’s Shipwreck’ has special significance to Malta and its people. After all, it is stated in most editions of ‘The New Testament’ that the location of the event was on the island of ‘Melita’ (the islands Roman name) in around A.D. 60, making the country one of only eighteen modern nations to be mentioned in the Bible.