Flo­ri­ana – a heaven of gar­dens

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Sun­day 9th Oc­to­ber 9am to 4pm

Flo­ri­ana Lo­cal Coun­cil has long felt the need to defy the com­mon per­cep­tion that Flo­ri­ana is all about il-Fosos (the Gra­naries) and Triq Sant’ Anna (St. Anne Street). Flo­ri­ana has yet to be dis­cov­ered what a jem of a town it re­ally is!

With its gar­dens Flo­ri­ana is in­deed a ‘Heaven of Gar­dens’, in the densely built Grand Har­bour Re­gion.

And yet, Flo­ri­ana has so much more to of­fer. Flo­ri­ana is dot­ted with his­toric build­ings, churches and the largest amount of mon­u­ments of na­tional im­por­tance on the is­land.

This year marks the sixth edi­tion of ‘Ġenna ta’ Ġonna’, pre­cisely on Sun­day 9th Oc­to­ber, from 9am till 4pm. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with a num­ber of en­ti­ties, Flo­ri­ana will throw open its gar­dens, mu­se­ums, his­tor­i­cal sites & build­ings.

A good num­ber of these sites and build­ings are not usu­ally ac­ces­si­ble to the public, while gar­dens like the Sa Mai­son Gar­den and St Philip’s Gar­den lie hid­den and undis­cov­ered be­tween the thick bas­tion walls.

Among this year’s at­trac­tion there are orig­i­nal doc­u­ments dat­ing the Knights’ pe­riod, kept at the Ca­phuchin’s Fri­ars Li­brary, mum­mi­fied fri­ars in the same con­vent, Malta’s only Un­der­ground Train Sta­tion, a chance to go up Flo­ri­ana’s Par­ish Church roof and bel­fry and ac­cess to the scaf­fold­ing for a close view of the works in progress of the church ceil­ing dec­o­ra­tion project by artist John Grima, a Po­lice Dog Show, the Msida Bas­tion His­toric Gar­den, ac­cess to WWII emer­gency op­er­at­ing theatre, the newly re­stored Wig­na­court Tower, the Chapel and Re­fec­tory at the Bishop’s Curia, 40 Vin­tage Cars Show, ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­hi­bi­tions, and en­ter­tain­ment at the Val­letta Wa­ter­front.

A vin­tage bus will be avail­able to tour the public around Flo­ri­ana’s her­itage. A guide on the bus will be in­form­ing the public of the par­tic­u­lar her­itage of the area.

More­over, book­lets of Flo­ri­ana Her­itage Trail (a book­let to walk you through Flo­ri­ana’s her­itage) will be dis­trib­uted free to the public.

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