Malta’s varied, dramatic history is everywhere. The islands were once a hub of Mediterranean artistic and architectural excellence, and artists such as Caravaggio, Mattia Preti, and Favray were commissioned by the legendary Knights of Malta to embellish churches, palaces, and auberges.
The Maltese are a linguistically accomplished people. Their native language, Malti, is thought to derive from the language of the ancient Phoenicians who arrived in Malta in 750 B.C. English, however, is also an official language and is widely and fluently spoken. The level of English fluency among the population is remarkable—it’s not just used in casual conversation—business, banking, and legal affairs are all conducted in English.