Highlights of this tour
- The Craft Village
- Palazzo Parisio
- Saturday afternoon and Sundays these sites are closed
Your English-speaking licensed guide meets you at your accommodation or the cruise port, with private adapted transport. During this tour you will enjoy some retail therapy with a visit to Ta’ Qali Crafts Village.
The village used to be Malta’s old airport, taken over by the British RAF during the Second World War. Now it is 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. When you enter this 18th Century Palazzo situated in the heart of the Maltese village of Naxxar initially it will seem rather modest. However the understated exterior hides a jewel. So, roll inside and become enchanted. Built-in 1733 by the Portuguese Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena, the Marquis Guiseppe Scicluna bought the palace in 1898. The Marquis was a banker, a philanthropist, and a pillar of the local community. Someone with the vision, passion, and inspiration to transform the palace into what you see today.
Marquis Scicluna’s great-granddaughter, Christiane Ramsay Scicluna are todays guardians of the magnificent building. They have overseen the restoration and regeneration of Palazzo Parisio, and giving new life to its gardens, which has been in their family home for over a hundred years.
At the end of the visit your guide brings you back to the cruise port or your accommodation.
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.
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