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WATCH: Local explorer travels down 'The Old Roman Road'
Pierre Farrugia leads us down another road less travelled.

Kim Vella

Local daredevil Pierre Farrugia has introduced us to some gorgeous adventurous spots all over the islands, intriguing us to discover the lesser-known parts of our history-packed country. This is his latest discovery.   

Pierre teamed up with his friends, Angelo and Pukka, and ventured off to explore the Xemxija Heritage Trail, also known as The Pilgrims' Way or The Old Roman Road. Luckily, Pierre and his mates found that this trail is well maintained and kept relatively clean. 

   

This passage quite literally takes you back thousands of years and shows you part of Malta's extensive history. The 2000-year-old Roman Road brings with it many curiosities and offers some stunning views.

Having started off his trek from the top of the hill just behind the Porto Azzurro Aparthotel in Xemxija, here are some highlights of Pierre's latest adventure.

It’s safe to say that the Roman Road has stood the test of time, with 2,000-year-old stones still framing the original pathway. Back in the day, pilgrims would use this road to make their way to Our Lady's Sanctuary in Mellieha.

The channel found alongside the Roman Road served as a rainwater collection system – clever, right?

  The Old Pilgrams way

Pierre and his team even came across the Cave of Galley – a structure that was used as a tomb during the Neolithic period and as a dwelling up until recently.

The Old Pilgrams way  

Our forefathers must have known the importance of bees as they built tiny huts just for them!

These little bee houses found along the trail, better known as apiaries, are tiny caves where bees would produce honey. The structures were built facing South for maximum light and warmth.

The Old Pilgrams way

Last but surely not least, the Cave of Burial was last used as a troglodyte habitation after serving as a place to put deceased loved ones to rest. Pierre even thinks the cave had a front wall that may have collapsed over time. What a view!

The Old Pilgrams way

Will you be exploring this path? 

14th December 2021


Kim Vella
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Kim Vella
A highly curious explorer always looking to find her next adventure. Kim loves sharing her experiences and what's happening on the Maltese Islands. When not writing, you’ll probably find her playing around with some clay or somewhere surrounded by trees. She's always up for listening to people's stories about anything to do with nature, a passion project or issue you feel needs tending to.

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