Tortures and Catacombs: The Dark Side. Private 4 hour Tour

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Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Malta, Malta

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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This is a private tour. You will not be joining a group.

Malta's history is packed with acts of bravery and courage. But that’s not the whole story…

Welcome to the dark side.

Treason, murders, thefts, and sin were all punishable by gruesome, creative, torture, often leading to death. The tortures, explained through a series of life-like statues, range from different periods in Malta's history during times when crucifixion, beheading, public executions, torture, crime, revolts, conspiracies, imprisonment, punishments and inquisitions were commonplace under heavy-handed rulers.

You will also visit the majestic Mdina, the Silent City whose mighty bastions protected the villagers from many dangers throughout the years.

You will also visit the Catacombs: a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries.

The private tour includes all entry tickets to the torture attraction and catacombs and the services of our professional licensed tour guide at all times.

What's Included

Personal attention - This is a private tour - you will not join or be joined with other individuals.

Private, professional licensed tour guide

Tickets to Catacombs

Tickets to Torture Chambers

Visit to Mdina

What's Not Included


Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Service animals allowed
  • Service animals allowed

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Your tour will start at the gates of the so-called Silent City, Mdina. That's quite an ironic name, as if those walls could talk, they'll probably scream!

The history of Mdina traces back more than 4000 years. According to tradition, it was here that in 60 A.D. that the Apostle St. Paul is said to have lived after being shipwrecked on the Islands. Mdina is fascinating to visit for its timeless atmosphere as well as its cultural and religious treasures.

Mdina has had different names and titles depending on its rulers and its role but its medieval name describes it best – ‘Citta’ Notabile’: the noble city.

It was home then, as now, to Malta’s noble families; some are descendants of the Norman, Sicilian and Spanish overlords who made Mdina their home from the 12th century onwards. Impressive palaces line its narrow, shady streets.

Mdina is one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city and is extraordinary in its mix of medieval and baroque architecture.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Mdina Dungeons
In this series of secret underground passageways, chambers and cells, several events, and the often mysterious circumstances surrounding them, have been recreated to portray events from the dark side of Maltese history.

Whilst you wander at your own pace, you will discover Drama, Mystery and even Horror from dark forgotten days in an atmosphere of an authentic medieval dungeon.

The episodes described at this torture museum range from different periods in Malta's history... Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Knights and even French. These were times when crucifixion, beheading, public executions, torture, crime, revolts, conspiracies, imprisonment, punishments, and inquisitions were commonplace under heavy-handed rulers.

This visit provides a truly memorable and dramatic experience for the bold and brave on often forgotten aspects of the dark past of Malta's history.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

St Paul's Catacombs
Serving as a burial ground from Punic, Roman, and Byzantine times the St Paul’s Catacombs represent the earliest and most prominent archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. Its association with the saint derives from the myth that this cluster of catacombs was once connected with St Paul’s Grotto.

Although this remains a myth, recent research shows that the two originally formed part of a considerably large cemetery outside the ancient city of Melite. Indeed, it is now known that the hypogea were located in a graveyard with a long history of use starting in at least the 3rd or 4th c. BC.

The catacombs form a typical complex of interconnected underground Roman cemeteries that were used up to the 7th and possibly the 8th centuries AD. The area has more than 30 hypogea. The main complex, situated within the St Paul’s cluster, comprises a system of interconnected passages and tombs covering an area of over 2000 m2.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

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