What lies beyond the fame and fantasy that shroud this street?
If there’s a street in Malta that makes most people prime their ears to hear more about its chequeredhistory, that street is definitely Strada Stretta in Valletta.
Christened ‘The Gut’ by British servicemen because it’s so narrow, and Strada Stretta by the Maltese – showing how the legacy of the Italian language still clings on – this lane has left in its swirling wake, a thousand and one bubbling memories.
Its history,which spans over 130 years, tells of a business and entertainment centre that grew out of the demands by thousands of servicemen who called or were stationed here. During that period, the Mediterranean Fleet of the British Royal Navy adopted this isle as their home base.
Following requests by English-speaking readers, the author translated the book which was printed last year under the title Strada Stretta ‘The Gut’ which for many years lit up Valleta.
Mr Cini is a former PR and marketing practitioner who spent 15 years working in the newsroom at Progress Press, publishers of the Times of Malta and its sister, Sunday Times of Malta. During the last five of those 15 years, Mr Cini held the post of Night Editor.
Mr Cini currently lectures journalism at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences at the University of Malta, Tal-Qroq