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A weekend extravaganza! Heritage Malta opening Kalkara’s Villa Portelli to the public for the first time
The villa’s gardens are truly spectacular.

Emma Galea

On the 14th and 15th of October, from 10am to 5pm, Heritage Malta is opening the enchanting doors of Villa Portelli in Kalkara to the public for a weekend extravaganza.

It has recently fallen under the care of Heritage Malta, after serving as Malta Maritime Institute. This stunning piece of architecture, full of rich history had been neglected for years. Thankfully, it is now in the process of being restored.

This captivating weekend promises a kaleidoscope of activities, immersing visitors into a rich tapestry of art, history, and craftsmanship.

Discover the Legacy:

Situated on 4 tumoli of land, Villa Portelli’s impressive structure stands as a testament to Malta’s historical narrative. Once a residence to influential figures during the British period, the villa’s story unfolds with each step you take.

Majestic Gardens and Engaging Lectures:

Immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of Villa Portelli’s gardens, the heart of the event. Explore through engaging lectures, where hidden secrets and intriguing stories behind artefacts and landscapes come to life.

Coffee and Culture Fusion:

You can also indulge your senses in a delightful blend of coffee and culture at our coffee shop, curated in collaboration with Taste History.

Virtual Reality Adventure:

Hosted by Heritage Malta’s cutting-edge Underwater Cultural Heritage and Digitisation Units, virtual reality sets will transport you to different realms, fusing technology and heritage for a truly immersive experience.

It’s not the place, it’s the memories that live there!

Do you have fond memories of Villa Portelli, or perhaps you grew up listening to parents or relatives recounting their own recollections of the villa? If so, Heritage Malta are all ears!

During this open weekend visitors will be able to record their memories in a short interview, or even get personal items related to the Villa along with you, and we’ll digitise them for posterity.

Please book an appointment for your interview beforehand, by sending an email to [email protected]

Sunday Celebration:

Sunday brings an extra layer of excitement as conservators join the festivities, offering a rare opportunity to witness the real-time conservation of artefacts.

Additionally, a live lace-making session will surely keep you entertained and if you feel creative enough you will even be able to craft your own masterpiece under the guidance of a skilled artisan.

A Kaleidoscope of Experiences:

Whether you’re a history enthusiast, art connoisseur, or seeking a weekend escape, our event promises a unique blend of experiences for everyone.

This weekend transcends time, offering an unforgettable blend of history, art, and fun, celebrating a cultural masterpiece at Villa Portelli.

3rd October 2023


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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