Palazzo Parisio Overview in Naxxar, Malta
Palazzo Parisio – a unique 19th century Palace is located in the old village of Naxxar.
Palazzo Parisio is a stately home with history, architecture and interior unique to Malta. Originally built in 1733 by the Portuguese Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena, who ruled the island during the time of the Knights of St. John, it was later bought and embellished by Marquis Giuseppe Scicluna in 1898. As a pillar of the establishment, banker and philanthropist, it was his vision and passion that inspired the magnificent interior of this wonderful family home.
Described as a miniature Versailles, it is a glorious showcase of Maltese and Italian craftsmanship at the turn of the 19th century, with lavishly decorated ceilings, murals and frescoes, fine stucco work, magnificent antique furniture, rare paintings and extravagant gilding. The ornate gilded Ballroom of mirrors is unique in Malta with its exuberant style, flamboyant decoration and unparalleled plasterwork. It is still used today for private functions, weddings and important corporate hospitality events.
The magnificent walled gardens rank amongst the finest in Malta and also the only privately owned gardens open to the public. Classically baroque in style, the garden is a charming mixture of Italian symmetry and Mediterranean colour and perfume, with seasonal appeal all year round.
Caffé Luna is the restaurant within the Palazzo serving delicious light lunches, traditional afternoon teas and all day refreshments from 9am to 6pm. The Gift Shop is a real treasure trove of quality Maltese memorabilia and Italian gift items.
Palazzo Parisio Tips & Guide
The Palazzo Parisio Palace and Gardens are open daily throughout the year (with the exception of New Year’s Day) from 9am until 6pm.
Audio Guided Tours
Audio Guided tours of the Palace are available on a daily basis. You can collect your handheld and map of the grounds at the front desk with last admissions at 5:30pm from Monday to Sunday.
Private Guided Tours
Should you wish to book a private tour accompanied by a guide this is available however you will need to call in advance to reserve a guide.
Admission Rates Palace & Gardens
Adults: €12.00 (Inclusive of a €2.00 voucher to spend at either our Caffe Luna or La Boutique outlets)
Students: €7.00 (Over 16 years)
Children: €5.00 (5 - 15 years)
Children under 5 years of age go in Free
Major credit and debit cards are accepted including: VISA, Maestro, Master Card, American Express, Cashlink (BOV) and APS Premier.
Groups large and small are welcome.