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Marble tombstones add yet more colour, while an audio tour brings the vivid artwork to life.It is a lot to take in, even before you reach the room housing the huge Caravaggio canvas The Beheading Of St John The Baptist.EIGHTIES snooker player Tony Drago, World War Two heroics and a football team that makes even England look good.Shamefully, that is about all I could have told you about Malta before my first trip to the Mediterranean island.Filmmakers also flock to the island, with blockbusters including Troy, Munich, The Da Vinci Code, Assassin’s Creed and The Count Of Monte Cristo all featuring scenes shot there. And the best meal of my visit was waiting for me in Diar il-Bniet, a rustic restaurant in the rural idyll of Dingli.
The so-called Silent City offers panoramic views across Malta from its walls, so don’t forget your camera.
Caravaggio had a reputation as a hellraiser and I next found myself in a sort of unofficial shrine to unruly actor Oliver Reed.
The tiny city-centre bar simply called The Pub was where Reed died in 1999, aged 61, during one of his legendary booze sessions.
It is regularly ranked among the greatest paintings of all time and is a haunting sight.
Back on the streets of the fortified city — perched high on rocks above a deep harbour — I needed a pint.
Dating back to 1572 as a church for the Knights of St John, it is a masterpiece of Baroque art and architecture.