Fort Rinella is a refurbished Victorian coastal defence fort, home to a massive gun which was a wonder of its time. The fort - its infrastructure and the huge gun are fascinating things in their own right. However the real draw is the team of enthusiasts who "man" the fort.
The small team put on demonstrations of Victorian era Maltese / British Militaria. The afternoon we visited there was a demonstration of Mounted Infantry - the team have authentic victorian uniforms of the Maltese Artillery and put on a fantastic show of mounted "tent pegging" with lances and swords. A real spectacle - handsome argentinian polo horses are used and they seem to enjoy being ridden in the displays. Following this there was firing of a Victorian Howitzer. All this accompanied by a friendly ammusing and very informative commentary on the military aspects being displayed.
What shines through is the passion the guys have for the subject - this isn't some bunch of guys on minimum wage going through the motions - these guys live and breathe the subject and this makes it a wonderfull experience as they tour you around the fort and show you the massive gun. The commentary is historically spot on and delivered with a verve and passion. My fiance, usually half asleep on visits to Military Attractions was enthralled - a great testament to the teams entertaining and friendly displays and talks..
There is a loveley little canteen for refreshments on site.
I could type on for hours about how good the visit was - go and see it for yourselves - it really is as good as everyone says ! Everyone who is involved with Fort Rinella should be congratulated on the wonderfull attraction they have created, the enthralling displays they put on and for the historical herritage they keep alive.