2020 marked 100 years since Sir Temi Zammit started excavations at the Domvs Romana, 2021 marks the 140th anniversary of the Domvs’s accidental discovery and 2022 will commemorate 140 years since the Domvs was opened to the public as a museum. However what we see today when we visit the Domvs is a far cry from what this luxurious dwelling must have looked like, roughly between the second half of the first century BC and the first half of the first century AD.
David Cardona, senior curator for Phoenician, Roman and medieval sites at Heritage Malta, said that some workers were planting trees at what we now know as Howard Gardens, during which a spade made a jarring sound when it hit a hard surface. Startled, the workers stopped to alert their superiors, unaware of the marvellous discovery that was about to unfold. Following the incident during the tree planting at Howard Gardens, Antonio Annetto Caruana, the librarian of the Bibliotheca and curator of the archaeological collection housed in it, was entrusted with the investigation. Most of the areas of this rich Roman townhouse were discovered then and a museum was built to protect the mosaics and house Malta’s Roman antiquities.
Unfortunately a good portion of the house, as well as other surrounding structures and tombs, were completely lost when the British services cut the road leading to the Museum Railway Station in 1899.
The site underwent further investigations in 1920-25 by Sir Temi with the help of Robert V. Galea, Harris Dunscombe Colt and Louis Upton Way. Works extended in all directions of the site and uncovered a substantial number of Islamic burials above the remains of other small Roman houses.
The owner of this Domvs may have been an important public figure. What historians can deduce quite accurately, however, is that this was no humble abode. This was the home of someone wealthy enough to be in the top social stratum, someone with high social connections in Rome, as evidenced by two statues showing members of Emperor Claudius’s family carved in fine marble.
There is so much more to be discovered at the Domvs Romana, such an incredible wealth of artefacts that yet make up only a fraction of our unique cultural heritage. The sheer fact that we can set foot in this house some 2,000 years into its existence is a wonder in itself and all the more reason for Heritage Malta to celebrate its discovery’s anniversary as befits such a remarkable event in our history.
Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/inside-rabats-glorious-domvs-romana.851603?fbclid=IwAR0NWncyUbsf9A_Ox3dGFhAfJhL4EecSXMQDsNVYPVxFvBbAJSqzX0sDapsThe Colours of Malta Luxury Journey – week 9
This week we met Marika and Nicolo at the InterContinental Hotel Malta. This St Julian’s hotel has established itself as the Mediterranean’s leading hotel of distinction and the only virtuoso hotel on the islands.
All 481 rooms and suites are elegantly furnished with the Highline Suites located on the hotel’s higher floors.
The InterContinental Malta is constantly being upgraded and over the last few years they are proud to have launched a number of luxury service facilities ranging from a Rooftop Infinity Pool Club to a super relaxing ambience at the SPA, to an award winning Brass Bar at lobby level.
This hotel’s versatility and large number of meeting rooms is the perfect business hotel for large events however it is also a great choice for a leisure trip due to its high amount of facilities ranging from beach club to pools to gymnasium and spa.
Here at Colours of Malta we have had the pleasure to host countless events at this hotel, both large scale and small, all memorable and with very satisfied clients. The service and hospitality that the great management and staff provide is near to none, and we can’t wait to resume operations within this property in the very near future!
The Colours of Malta Luxury Journey – week 8
This week’s Special Feature takes us to the newly opened Embassy Hotel, a 4* superior city hotel.
Located at the very centre of Valletta, this Valletta hotel stands on the site where one of the first hotels in Malta welcomed guests in the 1800s.
Valletta, Malta’s Capital City and a UNESCO Heritage site is quaint yet vibrant, dotted with restaurants, bars and shops at all corners and is the ideal location for any type of trip in any season.
Ivan Borg Ferrando explains how this brand new designer finished hotel boasts 81 good sized bedrooms, a rooftop pool and dining area along with a gorgeous courtyard full of greenery and also meeting facilities.
The Embassy Hotel is officially the largest hotel within the City Walls and is already making a mark on the local hotel map.
No doubt once tourism is back, this property will be buzzing with city slickers, business persons and even families.
We wish the Management and staff all the very best of luck!Popular productions shot in Malta
Did you know that Malta has been used as a filming location since 1925 and that more than 100 productions have been partially or fully shot here?
Popular productions filmed in Malta include:
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Midnight Express (1978)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
Troy (2004), Munich (2005)
Game of Thrones (season 1: 2011 – 2019)
Captain Philips (2013)
World War Z (2013)
By the Sea (2015)
Assassin’s Creed (2016)
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
Queen of the South (2016–)
Hallmark rom-com filmed in Malta to premiere this month
In the Hallmark movie Mix Up in the Mediterranean, which was shot in its entirety in Malta, a small-town cook impersonates his big city chef twin to compete in a culinary contest and falls for the woman in charge of the event, who thinks he is the brother who is married.
The film is a Malta / Canada co-production between local producer Colin Azzopardi along with his Canadian colleague Leif Bristow. Colin organised and took care of all the Malta side of things whilst the post-production was done abroad. “We used various locations in Malta, but the main location was in and around the Phoenicia Hotel, who were extremely accommodating throughout the making of the film,” Colin says. Other locations included Merchant’s Street and Upper Barakka Gardens in Valletta, and Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar.
Read more: https://newsbook.com.mt/en/hallmark-rom-com-filmed-in-malta-to-premiere-this-month/?fbclid=IwAR2pPxBnEC9mpeWXIrHcaRGNTx3T9OyyhkW_h-PV1-bX030ReMKYsSbPHIAIl-Karnival
The Maltese really let their hair down in the revelry of Carnival few days before the beginning of Lent. Malta’ traditional Carnival is a treat alike for the Island’s inhabitants and for the ever increasing number of tourists. This three day festivity was introduced in Malta 1535 under Grand Master Pietro del Ponte, five years after the Knights took over the Island. The main celebration takes place in the capital, Valletta, but in every town and village children dress up in colourful clothes to camouflage their identity. The Valletta parata (parade) is very spectacular, including King Carnival followed by many floats of a high professional standard. Until some years ago, Carnival was also the event of the year for dances and masked balls. This type of entertainment during Carnival had an old tradition behind it. Under the Knights the Auberges remained open and were delightfully decorated. The burning of King Carnival on the last day of the festivities also survived, up to some years ago.The Colours of Malta Luxury Journey – week 7
This week we visited the Hilton, an all time favourite for us at Colours of Malta. A hotel that set stage for so many memories of great COM events over the last decade.
The Hotel spaces ooze Mediterranean tones, with its décor capturing blues and naturals and exquisite open sea and marina views.
Boasting 413 rooms, extensive meeting spaces, 4 pools and 3 restaurants, this hotel is always an ideal choice for any event.
The Hilton suites are set on the higher levels, with access to the gorgeous executive lounge. A spacious and trendy area as well as a great spot for relaxing and enjoying some down time.
However, for the ultimate Hilton Malta experience we recommend one selects the fabulous Presidential Suite, located on the 10th floor, were one can take in breath-taking views of the Mediterranean sea and Portomaso yacht marina from one of the 11 balconies. This opulent 290 sq. m./3121 sq. ft. suite has been specifically designed to a supreme level, featuring a welcome hall which leads onto various rooms including a private bedroom with a king-sized Hilton Serenity bed and a separate walk-in wardrobe with a luxurious bathroom, as well as a guest bathroom, gym, living/sitting room, dining and meeting room with dedicated work space. There is also a fully equipped kitchen and a second bedroom with 2 Queen beds and private en-suite bathroom. Truly WOW and luxurious.
We can’t wait to host our next groups at the Hilton Malta.Film about Great Siege shot in Malta now released
A docudrama film by the name “God’s Soldiers” was the first major production to shoot and complete in Malta after the first wave of Covid-19. With an all-Maltese cast the production was shot in Turkey, England, Austria and Malta and was released in Austria in late 2020, according to IMDB. Most scenes were filmed in Malta, with an estimated investment of €322,000 here. The film received €80,000 in financial assistance from the Malta Film Fund.
IMDB defines the storyline as: “In the mid-16th Century, a long running conflict between two of the most powerful world religions is building up to a climactic battle in the Mediterranean for the very soul of Europe. Facing each other are two highly trained forces. The Knights of the Order of St. John, a small but formidable Christian military Order. And the Muslim Janissaries, the fearsome crack troops of the Sultan. The historic events are told through the eyes of a young Ottoman conscript and his future arch-rival, a novice Christian knight. From an early age, both are trained to fight in the name of God, and Allah.”The Colours of Malta Luxury Journey – week 6
This week we met up with Denise Cardona at the Corinthia Palace to listen to the latest transformations in this amazing classic hotel in the heart of Malta.
The Corinthia Palace Hotel, is packed with elegance and luxury and is located right next to San Anton Gardens, The President’s Gardens.
Denise explains how they have moved all their different food and beverage outlets into The Villa, making it the social hub of the hotel, and a space loved by many.
Be it for breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea or Asian dinner, the Villa now offers the ideal location with indoor and outdoor seating for all hours of the day.
Also after an extensive refurb throughout the hotel over the last two years, the final addition to this luxury hotel is now open!
The Athenauem Spa is a name synonymous to a day of relaxation. Spend your day dipping in and out of the vitality pool, find comfort on a heated bed or book yourself in for a pampering session. Boasting Luxury treatments with essential oils by Maltese artisan aromatherapist Stephen Cordina, who knows all about the power of the senses and renowned products by Espa. A treatment in this Spa is definitely one not to be missed.
This place is A sanctuary. A haven. A blissful retreat. Whatever name you wish to give it, the feeling will be the same… utter contentment.
The Corinthia Palace Hotel Malta awaits you!
FlyDubai to commence operations in Malta
Finally some good news regarding airline connections, as we receive the news that Malta is to regain an air link to Dubai from May, when FlyDubai will begin operating four flights a week between the two. This will be the first time that the airline has operated flights to Malta.
FlyDubai will start flying to Malta International Airport from May 12, with two of the weekly flights linking Malta International Airport to Dubai International Airport directly and two others including a stop at Catania International Airport.
Malta lost nearly half its air routes last year as part of a series of COVID-19 related cutback measures and in doing so, lost all flights to Dubai following Emirates’ decision to pull out of Malta altogether.
Return fares will start from €500 for economy class seats or €2,000 for business class seats. A full schedule of the Dubai-Malta flights is available on the Flydubai website.
Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said the airline’s decision to grow its network of destinations reflected its expectation that passengers would gradually return to the skies as COVID-19 restrictions on air travel eased.