Villa Bologna is really the name of the estate. The actual villa is not open to the public. The walled estate has been ancestorially owned by the same family for a couple of hundred years. The current owners are the antecedents of Lord Strickland (UK MP and Maltese Prime Minister).
Even though the villa is not open to the public, the gardens alone will take up around 1.5 hours of your time. The Baroque gardens are particularly impressive and you will spend some time taking photo's of its impressive fountain.
The overall garden size is similar to that of the San Anton gardens nearby (perhaps larger). Some is of a more practical nature (ie. Kitchen Garden)
Another very interesting feature is the WWII bomb shelter which has been hewn out of the Maltese rock to a depth of at least 20 feet. It is like a modern version of the islands catacombs ! Be aware - it has a steep spiral staircase to enter. I am over 6 feet tall and had to stoop when walking along to shelters corridors.
The entrance to the estate is via a working pottery (Ceramika). This was set up by friends of the family in the 1950's. Though some of the pottery designs are somewhat dated, other designs are classic and are even sold in Harrods, London. The in house potters are even willing to discuss commissions to create something that meets your personal requirements.
We combined our visit to Villa Bologna with a trip to San Anton Gardens (150m away) and the Presidents Kitchen Garden (100m away), the later also has a cafe.
We were staying at the nearby Corinthia Palace Hotel; which is only 10 minutes walk away.
The entrance price was E6.00 per adult for our visit in February 2014.
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