When you step inside Palazzo Castelletti, you become part of the long and great legacy that is Maltese history. This noble building, built in the 17th century, bears witness to 200 years of turbulent, often dangerous, times that shaped the fate of this island.
A stone throw’s away from the ancient capital of Mdina, Palazzo Castelletti has recently been restored and renovated to its former splendour. The Palazzo’s exquisitely converted interior befits the site where dignitaries assembled to pass the keys to the fortress-city of Mdina to Malta’s former rulers, the Knights of St John.
It was recently discovered that the building rests on the remains of an ancient Roman village that were unearthed and are open to viewing by the public.
The Palazzo was originally constructed for an aristocratic Maltese family, the Theuma-Castelletti family, who built a residence consisting of several interconnected rooms in keeping with the stately architectural style of that period, with high-vaulted rooms and ubiquitous use of arches.
The function of these rooms has changed throughout the years: from housing nobility to being used as a school and shelter for children during World War II as well as briefly being the residence of a holy woman, the venerable Adeodata Pisani. Although she was born in Italy in 1803, she moved to Malta in 1825 since King Ferdinand of Naples ha deported her father out of Naples. Tradition is that they settled in the Palazzo just before she became a nun.
Interestingly the cellars always keep the same 16 Degree temperature all year round making the cellars a cosy place in winter and cooler in summer.