Dating back as far as 700 BC, the ancient city of Mdina once served as the capital of the tiny island nation. Today, separated into separate villages, Mdina, with only a couple hundred inhabitants, is often referred to as the "Silent City". Wandering the well-restored cobble-stone streets virtually alone with only the clip-clop echo of horse drawn carriages, it's easy to see why. With a seemingly endless supply of churches, chapels and monasteries, it is the central Piazza San Paul that seems to be at the centre of it all. Very easily accessible by Malta's comprehensive public bus system, a visit to Mdina makes for an interesting half-day trip.