Prime Minister Robert Abela, along with Culture Minister Owen Bonnici, visited Villa Portelli in Kalkara, a historical building dated back to the 18th century as it undergoes restoration thanks to Heritage Malta.
The restoration seeks to introduce community service and welcome the public for a learning experience, utilising digital technology and various other tools to enrich visitor experiences.
The public would be able to enjoy the villa for free, with green garden with a size of around four acres offering a relaxing environment within the building itself.
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The Prime Minister explained that this restoration project, ‘entrusted to the guardian of national heritage, is part of a number of changes on the communal level which will see historical and public buildings opened to families.’
Heritage Malta is expected to offer visitors the opportunity to experience the restoration of traditional boats. The project is a collaboration with MCAST students. In addition to these initiatives, Heritage Malta has plans for the villa to educate visitors about the impact of climate change on historical heritage. Currently, restoration work is underway, with a budget of €3 million, also addressing the damages caused to Villa Portelli by the Helios storm, which struck the Maltese islands last February.