Palace & Garden

‘Baroque Style… Mediterranean Colours… Seasonal Appeal’

The magnificent walled gardens of the Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar, rank among the finest in Malta and are the only privately-owned gardens open to the public. Here you will find a diamond in the rough – the ideal spot to while away the hours in tranquil contemplation. 

Classically Baroque in style, they are a charming mixture of Italian symmetry and Mediterranean colour and perfumes, with seasonal appeal all year round. From the twisting paths through the orange grove, to the flowering trees and unusual shrubs, this is a lush landscape waiting to be explored. Admire the many exotic species including jacaranda and oleander, the borders of jewel-like cinerarias and fragrant freesias, the tall spiky agapanthus, over 65 species of hibiscus, the vast collection of bougainvillea and the profusion of cascading geraniums.  

Christiane Ramsay Scicluna, Baroness of Tabria, takes great interest in the upkeep of the gardens, and personally manages their development.

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Our Story

This magnificent Palace, with its beautiful surrounding gardens has been my family’s home since the end of the 19th century when it was acquired by my great grandfather, the Marquis Giuseppe Scicluna. It was he who enriched and endowed it with immense style and opulence – turning it into the great stately home that it now is – and one of the premiere heritage attractions in Malta.

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The Palace

As soon as you enter Palazzo Parisio you are greeted by Filippo Venuti's ceiling painting where two putti hold a banner reading 'Salve'. Venuti is one of the artists responsible for the painting programme for the Marquis Scicluna. Further along in the Entrance Hall is Venuti’s ceiling painting of Mercury as an Allegory of Commerce and Trade.

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The Gardens

The magnificent walled gardens of the Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar, rank among the finest in Malta and are the only privately-owned gardens open to the public. Here you will find a diamond in the rough – the ideal spot to while away the hours in tranquil contemplation.

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Fauna at the Palazzo

Trees: Chorisia Speciosa, Quercus Ilex, Jacaranda, Kapok, Phoenix Canariensis, Erithrina Crestagalli, Erithrina Falcata, Citrus – Auranthium, Lemon, Citrus Medica, Auranthium Canaliculata, Washingtonia, Auricaria (Norfolk Island Pine), Granatum Punicum, Olive, Mulberry, Ficus, Platano, Prickly Pear, Albizia, Muraia Paniculata, Nerium, Schinius Molle

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