A Place to call Home
Palazzo Nasciaro is an exceptional 18th century mansion in the heart of Naxxar, one of the oldest inland villages on this historic Mediterranean island. Although its original foundations date back to far earlier times, the basic layout that we recognize today is attributed to the distinguished Maltese architect, Francesco Sammut. But it was his son, Giovanni, who, in honour of his young bride, added the magnificent Rococo façade and elaborate carvings that decorate some of the internal elevations of the house. Indeed, upon completion of a project that would come to be regarded as his defining masterpiece, Giovanni took up residence at the property and remained there for the rest of his life.
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The basic design of Palazzo Nasciaro revolves round a grand central courtyard planted with a pair of ancient orange trees, mature stephanotis and old climbing roses. The higher terraces are planted with Cestrum Nocturnum, Night Blooming Cereus and Star Jasmine, which infuse the air with their heady perfumes on summer nights.
The extravagant expanse at first-floor level which would once have served for formal receptions (‘sala nobile’) has been turned into a magnificent Master Bedroom and Bathroom suite, its high walls hand-stencilled in designs extrapolated from the original paintwork.
Palazzo Nasciaro had been vacant for over two decades when its present owner embarked on a sympathetic, seven year programme of restoration, modernization and enlargement. The result, which includes a separate but interconnecting apartment, now comprises approximately 700 sq. metres of internal surface area and approximately 500 sq. metres of outdoor space. The shelter measures a further 115 sq. metres.
The new roof terrace, shielded from neighbouring buildings and offering valuable privacy during the daytime, really comes into its own at night: it gazes out over the façade toward the lights of Mdina in the distance, while, closer to home, the magnificent local parish church, which dates back to the early 17th century and is illuminated into the small hours, presides, like a benevolent sentinel, over the magical village of Naxxar.