Rampila is unique. Situated at Valletta, Malta, Rampila comprises a Restaurant, a Wine Bar, a Terrace and an Exhibition. Designed and built by the Knights of St. John in the sixteenth century as part of the defensive bastions guarding the newly constructed city of Valletta, Rampila is now a haven for good food and wine set against a very atmospheric backdrop.
From the street and going down the original stone stairs you will find yourself in a delightful tunnel dining room with a fully domed stone ceiling. This was constructed in 1570 and it was used as the access passage to the bastion gun emplacement but is now devoted to an entirely more peaceful purpose!
Look beside you and in a smaller domed room there is a cosy wine bar. The far wall is stacked high with bottles upon bottles of fine wines and set into the stone floor a glass panel gives you a view of the wine cellar below carved from the solid rock that is Valletta.
But your eye draws you down to the end of the tunnel. You notice a sign to "Museum". In a restaurant? It’s as much a part of Malta as the very stone of the walls, the Traditions and Crafts of the island and her people.
There is a corner, you go around it and there is a strange “Hobbit” like heavy wooden door. It is open and you go through. You are on a stunningly pretty terrace. The bastions stretch out above you, an ancient well is cut into the living rock, the fountain sings, olive trees, shady umbrellas, you settle at a table and take in the view.
Looking directly at City Gate Bridge that you left only moments ago you see all the activity and movement in and out of Valletta. Although you have left everything behind, you, relax, pick up the menu and the wine list. And the rest (as they say) - is history!
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