These colonnaded gardens perched high above Grand Harbour were created in the late 16th century as a relaxing haven for the Knights from the nearby Auberge d'Italie. They provide a shady retreat from the bustle of the city, and the balcony has one of the best views in Malta.
The terrace below is occupied by the Saluting Battery , where a cannon once fired salutes to visiting naval vessels.
The battery has been restored, and a cannon is fired every day at noon and 4pm with great ceremony. It's well worth making time to see this – children will enjoy it. Try to time for your visit for a tour – the enthusiastic, costumed guides explain how the cannon is loaded and fired.