A small archipelago, a tiny plot of 316 square kilometres – the smallest state in the European Union located south of Sicily – monitors the landscape between the western and eastern Mediterranean with six islands of which only three are inhabited (Malta, Gozo and Comino).


A strategic position that has attracted Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Byzantines, but also French and English populations, who have left an indelible mark on local language and culture. The starting point of the Smart Way is La Valletta, the capital of Malta, a fortified city with 320 buildings and monuments declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.


The itinerary continues towards the south-eastern area of the island – where the main archaeological sites of the country are located – and then to the west, with numerous villages, once rural, today part of a seamless and densely populated urban fabric.