Naxxar – Inside the Palazzo Parisio

November 15, 2011

The Palazzo Parisio Palace and Gardens – This post will include images of the inside of the palace.  We were free to wander through the house on our own to explore the majesty of the Scicluna estate.  Tomorrow will be images of the gardens.   Below are comments from their website. 

Palazzo Parisio

Located in the heart of picturesque Naxxar, this stately home is a place of wonder that begs to be explored. On your visit you will discover the intricate nuances of Malta’s historic nobility and their enchanting way of life. Touring this stately home offers great insight and sparks the imagination – whether you find yourself seeking inspiration from the grand Ballroom, the detailed Family Chapel  or the fabulous walled Gardens and Orangery, you’ll find it.

 FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  This magnificent Palace, with its beautiful surrounding gardens, has been my family’s home since the middle of the 19th century, when it was acquired from the Parisio family 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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I ran out of time and never got to see the following rooms before I headed down to the gardens.

The Bedroom, The Family Chapel, The Marquis’ Study, The Music Room 


The Landing

The grand Landing is again a marble showcase with a choice of paving inspired by one of the floors in the Vatican. On the left, if walking onto the terrace outside, one admire a fine view of the Italianate gardens below that add so much to the Marquis’s concept of this great palace.  Improving the Orangerie in the garden (further on the left) was another of his inspired visions.  Back onto the landing one can find more of Venuti’s frescoes, other artistic representations of the French and British periods, as well as other delightful and historic elements.
Sala Lombarda (The Grand Red Drawing Room)

The Sala is decorated in the northern Italian Lombard style. The paintings here represent the traditional taste of decoration demanded by a Maltese family in a drawing room of the period from the 18th to the late-19th centuries. Arte Sacra and saints were popular images throughout the era, along with striking family portraits and large mythological canvases. Artists include Philipp Peter Roos (1657-1706), Giovanni Paolo Panini and Mattia Preti. The artwork and furniture are both unusual for Malta but admirable for the purpose of this elegant room. The curtains too – not only in this room but also elsewhere throughout the Palace – are the original curtains chosen by the Scicluna family and have been perfectly preserved with only minor restoration.

The Pompeian Dining Room

Nothing brings a historic house to life better than a lovingly laid dining table in a perfect setting. In this instance it is Pompeian, which was at the height of fashion at the time the Palace was decorated. The room is adorned by Venuti’s paintings: he is reputed to have painted the pick of the local girls of Naxxar, whose descendents are living in the village today. Malta has few examples of this romantic calibre in its national collections, so these paintings are especially worthy of attention. The Standing amid the splendour of this room makes it easy for a visitor to imagine the scene of the Marquis and Marchesa at dinner with friends.
The Ballroom

This room is a brilliant tribute to excellence. With its extraordinary gilded opulence, it is unique in Malta and confirms both the elegance and the status of the Marquis and his family as they created the Palazzo. The flamboyant decoration of the superb ceiling, with the Scicluna crest modestly in position, incorporates all the important symbols of the day: art, astronomy, literature, music, religion, the sea, theatre and the arts of war.  The sheer wealth and variety is remarkable and the quality of the gilded plasterwork is unparalleled. To enhance the spectacle of this room there are mirrors reflecting every angle. The concept of the hall-of-mirrors in the context of Malta at the time was, to say the least, grandiose, but this was a house determined to be enjoyed by family and friends and to fulfil the dreams of a wealthy banker.