Palazzo Parisio is situated in the town of Naxxar and l consider it a must-see in Malta. Located right in the middle of the island, it is yet another lovely place to check out if you visit Malta. Palazzo Parisio an 18th century palace. It was originally built as a private residence for a Marquis named Scicluna. I found out that Napoleon actually slept in Palazzo Parisio on his short visit to the island nation..pun intended :-) . It definitely reminds you of the palace in Versailles as you can see from the above picture. I loved the gardens as it was just bursting with color. There is unfortunately not really a whole lot of greenery in Malta itself, so it was nice to see this palazzo gardens right in the middle of everything. The gardens are walled. It is the only private palaces in Malta that is open to the public. There is also a lovely large fountain at the end of the gardens. If memory serves me right, the admission price to Palazzo Parisio Malta was about €6. They can also accommodate group tours. More information can be found here.
Visit Palazzo Parisio in Malta:
Upon entry, there is a lovely carriage (without the horse of course!) , just before you climb the stairs. I could picture myself arriving to my wedding in that carriage, wearing my princess style wedding dress. I’m not even a romantic person! Unfortunately, l can’t find some of my pictures from the visit (remember my computer mishap :-( ). The stairs alone is worth the price of entry, with it’s golden checker pattern. You can just imagine royalty ascending. It brings you to the hallway, with it’s guards in armour standing at attention. There were no people when we saw it, but its not hard to believe that there once were. If you are getting married, you should definitely consider Palazzo Parisio.
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There are various rooms for you to explore, including the grand ballroom with it’s chandeliers. This is a very popular room for weddings. It is enough to fulfill any girl’s princess dream. The adjoining rooms are used as bridal preparation rooms and they are full of Victorian furniture that took my breath away, as l love antique furniture. There were dainty fainting couches and huge drapes and tons of mirrors. Yes indeed, I can safely say they definitely got their inspiration from Versailles :-)
The view of the garden from the top is awesome. They can be rented for wedding receptions and large parties. If you don’t feel like taking the tour, there is an attached cafe, where you can have afternoon tea. Very posh! We chose not to, as we found it quite pricey! On the whole, its a nice way to spend a few hours in the lovely country of Malta!
How about you? Have you been to a real life palace? would you consider a wedding in such a grand place?