In Malta, discovering 8,000 years of history is easier than you think; just a short drive from one era to the next. The Neolithic sites are awe-inspiring glimpses into the earliest civilisations and while the subterranean Hypogeum is a UNSECO World Heritage Site in its own right, visits need to be booked in advance. The Archaeological Museum in Valletta is fascinating, but little remains of the Roman legacy aside from the mosaics at the Domus in Rabat. The Knights of St John on the other hand created cultural masterpieces across the islands. Exhibits of armoury at the Palace in Valletta are stunning, while the city’s cathedral showcases masterpieces by Caravaggio. The Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa explains Malta’s strategic role at the heart of the Mediterranean and there are numerous private museums, including the folklore museum in Gozo, Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta, Palazzo Falson in Mdina, and Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar, that are all well worth a visit.