Highlights of this tour
- The Craft Village
- Palazzo Parisio
Your English-speaking guide picks you up from the hotel or cruise port. He waits for you with private adapted transport. During this morning you will enjoy some retail therapy with a visit to Ta’ Qali Crafts Village.
Before Malta’s old airport, taken over by the British RAF during the Second World War. It is now home to Malta’s National Football Stadium and the Craft Village. The village consists of rows of old Nissen huts housing craftspeople and retailers. They showcase and sell Maltese made crafts. You can watch glassblowing, pottery making, stone polishing, carpentry, and filigree work. A perfect location for some souvenir shopping.
As you leave the craft village you will head to Palazzo Parisio. As you enter this 18th Century Palazzo situated in the heart of the Maltese village of Naxxar. You for thinking that it seems rather modest. Its understated exterior hides a jewel. So, step inside and become enchanted. Built-in 1733 by the Portuguese Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena. Marquis Guiseppe Scicluna bought the palace in 1898. He was a banker, philanthropist, and pillar of the local community. Someone who had the vision, passion, and inspiration to transform the palace into what you see today.
The Marquis Scicluna’s great-granddaughter, Christiane Ramsay Scicluna. Who was the Baroness of Tabria and her daughter Justine. They are now the guardians of this magnificent building. They have overseen the restoration and regeneration of Palazzo Parisio. Giving new life to its gardens, which has been in their family home for over a hundred years.
At the time of booking, we will notify the Palazzo of our visit, and they will place a ramp at the front door. Inside there is a lift that takes you to the first floor. At the end of the visit, your guide brings you back to the place where you met.
Note: Saturday afternoon and Sundays these sites are closed
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