Vile and Vicious Valletta: Corsairs, Courtesans and the Condemned

Explore the sinister side of Valletta’s underworld where rogues, romances, and the repressed collide beneath the glittering baroque façade on our Malta Sightseeing tours

Visualize the hidden history of Malta by visiting the places and hearing stories which will leave you in awe. I've been in Valletta a thousand times. I've walked the same roads for a lot of years not giving a second glance to the old buildings. After hearing the stories this tour told, I am seeing Valletta with brand new eyes. Don't miss many secrets to be unveiled.

Tour Details


Dare to delve into the depths of Valletta’s shadowy underbelly as a dark and fascinating world awaits on our Malta sightseeing tours.

Hear of corsairs prowling these less visited streets squandering their loot with reckless abandon. See how in this clandestine setting, while some wild women flourish in the sun’s glow, other ambitious femme fatales look for entry into elite circles.

However, for many, choice remains a luxury and elusive, enslaved and suffering as victims of circumstance, trapped in a world where life is cheap, religion reigns supreme, and allegiance to the “true” faith dictates your destiny or pre-mature death!

Uncover the intricate tapestry of Valletta’s underworld. Listen to the tales of those who lived in the shadows, their stories often forgotten but nonetheless compelling

Unravel the origins of everyday Maltese customs and phrases, forged in the crucible of Valletta’s tumultuous past. A special treat to consider when creating your Malta travel plans.

Our tour invites you to delve deep into the complexities of Valletta’s history, where rogues, romances, and the repressed collide in a mesmerizing narrative.

Prepare to be gripped by tales of ambition, intrigue, and survival, as we reveal to you the plight of the forgotten obscured corners and hidden histories of Valletta’s nocturnal realm. From the bustling harbors and unbeaten streets to the narrow alleyways, Valletta’s secrets await those bold enough among you to uncover them on our Malta sightseeing tours worth fitting in your Malta travel plans.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage City, tracing the dark footsteps of the legendary Corsairs during the Knight’s period.
  • Re-live the times as your guide plays the role of a real-life captain in the Corsair fleet to give you a feel of the time on our Malta sightseeing tours.
  • Venture through streets that guided tours miss, see sites streets you would not normally discover but are oozing with terrible tales that you would not hear on other tours
  • Discover the lesser-known history of Valletta, and uncover stories that are normally hidden and swept under beneath the Baroque façade!
  • Listen stories about crucial buildings you would not normally see and tales that occurred in other streets you would not normally hear about. A must to include in your Malta travel plans

Tour Theme

Daring to dream – Struggle for Survival – Risk-Taking and Adventure – Consequences of Greed – Suffering and danger

Location Highlights

  • Upper Barrakka Garden / Grand Harbour View
  • St. Barbara’s Bastion
  • Merchant Street
  • Many little traversed streets and alleyways
  • St Paul’s Church
  • La Sacra Infermeria
  • Fort St Elmo
  • St Dominic’s Church
  • Manuel Theatre
  • Independence Square

Further Information

• Comfortable walking shoes. • A hat in summer (although the narrow streets will be mostly shaded). • Warm clothes in winter as Valletta can be chilly.
Professional Maltese Tour Guide, in costume portraying a real 17th century character to better tell this remarkable story.
Entry to buildings is not included.
Participants must be 16 years old or above due to adult content involving sex, adultery, and more.
Our tours typically have a small group size to ensure a personalized experience.
The tour will only be cancelled in case of extreme weather conditions.
Unless there is extreme rainfall, the tour will still happen. If the tour is cancelled, we will notify you beforehand and refund your order. We will always prioritize the safety and comfort of our clients first.
Your journey begins at the very top of this page. First step is to head to the top of page, and kindly fill in the details of your ideal date, preferred tour and add any extra tidbits that can jazz up your experience. Then just click on “Send Booking request” and we’ll be in touch with you within 48hours Once we’ve established a date and time and sorted all the details, we will provide details for a minimum €20 deposit. The rest of the amount is paid on the date of the tour. Deposits are refundable if tours cancelled at least 48 hours before and via email on: [email protected]
Cancellations or change of bookings are only allowed if received via email notification on [email protected] at least 48 hours before the tour commences.
Our tours are designed to be safe and enjoyable for all clients. We prioritise safety above all else and work with experienced guides and tour operators to ensure that all activities are conducted safely.
The tour is on mostly even paved ground. However a number of shallow steps must be tackled.
The tour includes around 17 stops.
The route, sights, and topics may vary slightly depending on weather and any building works.
Approximately half an hour of walking is involved.
Yes, all tours must be booked in advanced.
The meeting place is less than 10 minutes away from a public car park and the bus stop is less than 10 minutes’ walk away.
A Public Bathroom available at the meeting place. Another bathroom is available halfway during the tour.
Yes, the tour is offered in English.
Although much appreciated, it is solely up to you to decide whether or not to tip your tour guide.
Just email us on [email protected] and we will be glad to help out.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in with your guide.

Tour Pricing

Group Size


1 to 2 people

€ 140

3 to 4 people


5 to 10 people


11 to 15 people


16 to 30 people


30 or more people


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