Historic Maltese villa to be opened to the public

The Prime Minister’s official residence has become Malta’s newest visitor attraction.

The stunning Villa Francia in Lija will throw open its doors to the public twice a week.

You’ll be able to visit the house and stroll around the beautiful gardens as part of a new tourist trail in Lija, Attard and Balzan.

The impressive Grade 1-listed mansion and its surrounding gardens have undergone a massive €1 million facelift ahead of the grand opening to the public.

The villa was built by the Preziosi family in 1757 and gifted to the nation in 1987.

The Prime Minister’s wife Michelle Muscat said she hoped Villa Francia would encourage people to learn more about Malta’s history.

She said: ‘Places like this villa are not only a showcase for tourists visiting our island but have now become a part of the Three Villages Trail.

‘I also hope that people in Malta will now get to know more about our country’s rich heritage and start enjoying it.’

Other visitor attractions in Lija, Balzan and Attard include the Belvedere Tower, Villa Apap Bologna and San Anton Gardens.

Photos: BlackBookPhotoJason Borg Photography 

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