Free tour

Free tour of the Co-Cathedral

Duration: 1h
Quality Verified Registered on July 25, 2020

Hello, we are AuthenticMalta, a local travel agency with the commitment of offering distinctive tours. Visits range from the most classic to the unique, from what you cannot miss, to what you could not imagine to find in our small islands. We are licenced guides from Malta and above all things we love what we do. :) We are a company, this it allows us to offer you discounts and specialized guides for each visit, offering the best of us in every tour! If you don´t see availability for a particular day for one of our tours, if you contact us we may be able to help opening a slot for you. We want you to fall in love with our islands as much as we are. We look forward to meeting you and to share with you the most authentic Malta.

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The Co-Cathedral of St John is a unique building, Considered the most baroque temple in the world, decorated from the floor to the ceiling, it is pure art, luxury and beauty. In its interior two artworks from one of the greatest and most difficult artists to track of all time: Caravaggio. Visit it with us to ensure you don't miss anything and can also use the fast queue for groups with licenced guides.

About the visit, take into consideration that even if it's a free tour the entrance price into the Co-Cathedral is 15 Euros.

Once inside our objective is that you can appreciate the small details and the masterpieces of a gigantic building filled with art and opulence, without leaving aside the “secret messages” that hide in the walls, paintings and artworks in one of the countries where “The Da Vinci code” with Tom Hanks was filmed.

(After the visit you can choose to stay in the co-cathedral if you would like to appreciate it more calmly)

During the Valletta tour, we will speak about the Order Of Saint John, of course, but here we would like to focus on their artists and their artistic legacy.

- Mannerism, the style this co-cathedral was built in 

-Its later evolution into baroque 

- The principal artists,like  Mattia Preti and Mazzuoli, have left their mark on the art of this co-cathedral and their main artworks 

- Curiosities, secrets and any gossip, given that we will be visiting some of the most notable characters from this period 

- The flooring (described as the most beautiful in the world), its sculptures… everything.

And most definitely we will speak of Caravaggio, while appreciating teo of his paintings such as "Saint Jerome writing" and "The beheading of St. John the baptist", this last one considered by many as his masterpiece, and without a doubt an exceptional piece by this artist.



This is not a classic free tour, instead, you will be enjoying the tour with our licenced guides who have had adequate training, professionals who have, made guiding their life, their passion and their livehood.

Due to this, thesuggested price per person starts from €10to maintain all the tours with maximum quality and sustainable. If this makes you doubt joining, just look at our reviews!

Logistics: This tour commencesright after our “Valletta, UNESCO capital” tour so, it is possible that you have to wait for us a bit, since we will be arriving once the other tour is finished. Simply wait for us under the shade close to the statue of the Gentleman and the two ladies (The Great Siege Monument), in the great siege square, just in front of the courts of justice.

 Important: DO NOT BUY THE ENTRANCE TICKETS, since our guide will be bringing them along with him, this will facilitate the entrance to the Co-Cathedral through the fast lane

With that being said we recommend you bring money to pay the ticket from our guide, we also accept Bizum and Revolute.

Keep in mind there are no lockers in the co-cathedral,so we recommend for you not to go very loaded, on top of this it is a sacred place, so we recommend being appropriately dressed. 



In our schedule you can also find  “Discovering Valletta, UNESCO Capital”, where we focus on our history, while also learning about our gastronomy, main locations to shoot films or unique aspects of one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world (remember this is not only what we say, UNESCO says this!)

For those who look for a less informative and classic tour,we recommend our free tour: “Authentic Valletta: corners and side streets”

And with our free tour: “ Mdina and Rabat, the most traditional Malta” where you will be able to discover the old capital of Malta and one of our most traditional villages with the only free tour there is of a Maltese village. Doing this tour alongside the Valletta tour will enable you to know our history and understand the Maltese character and the reality here whilst enjoying the most beautiful cities on our islands. 

Andfor the most demanding, or for those who are looking for something more ‘exotic’, made for you or you would simply like to check more options, don't stop looking through our paid tours on our webpagewhich includes classic tours like the megalithic temples of Malta ( only ones in the world) or other uniques, such as ghost tours or cemetery visitors (not both at the same time, let's hope).

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  • Meeting point:
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    At the entrance to the Co-Cathedral, very close to the statue of the soldier and the two women (it is the side entrance where tickets are sold). You will see us arrive with a sign of "AuthenticMalta"

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Esther 18 Apr 2022

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Travelled in group - Apr 2022
La guía excelente, gran entusiasta de la historia de Malta, explicaba estupendamente y era muy divertida y amable. Gracias
Pat Babbage 07 Apr 2022
St Albans

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Travelled alone - Apr 2022
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Malta in general and St Johns in particular. Our tour of the cathedral was very informative
Loti 23 Nov 2021

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Travelled alone - Nov 2021
Great tour, beautiful Cathedral!
Angela 02 Nov 2021

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Travelled in group - Oct 2021
Desde luego Maika una maravilla. Una guía magnífica, divertida y que sabe muchímo y lo cuenta con una emoción y alegría que contagia y que te mantiene pendiente
Kunal 23 Oct 2021

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2021
This was a great experience - we got so much more from the cathedral than we would have on our own! Our guide was super helpful in guiding us through the features of the cathedral and the different artworks and materials. This included the significance of the Caravaggio works, which were a highlight for us. It was also really nice to be able to skip the queues outside, which was an unexpected perk. We highly recommend this tour!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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