A beautiful Palace in the heart of Valletta
Named after Cosimo de Piro, the first de Piro to settle in Malta in 1530. The de Piro family left Rhodes with the Knights of St John in 1522 and settled in Malta when the islands were granted to Grand Master Fra Philippe Villers de L’Isle Adam. He was given trusted responsibility within the Order of St John and made Commander of the Arsenal of the Sovereign Prince. The large canvas on the wall has the symbol of the Borghese family of Rome in the centre.
Have a look at the bed and you’ll see that it is being proudly watched over by a pair of Elephants made in India. The walls are painted an Indian red too just because we like the colour!
The bed once formed part of the decoration of a church in Lisbon and has been cleverly turned into a sumptuous bed. You’ll see plenty of shells in this room including a large wooden one on the wall from Santiago di Compostela that gives this room its name.
This room used to have a valuable 18th Century Maltese Clock in it which has been replaced with a replica. The original is in the museum and is one of 3 Maltese clocks that you can see in the Palace. Maltese Clocks are traditionally painted different colours depending in their owners. Black for the Knights, red for the Clergy, blue for the Nobility and green for the Merchants.
The pair of side lamps come from Villa Bologna, an aristocratic residence in Malta and there is also a landscape painted by the late Marquis Joe Scicluna who owned Palazzo Parisio another beautiful Maltese Palace. Make sure you see them both when you are in Malta!