The magnificent walled gardens of the Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar, rank among the finest in Malta and are the only privately-owned gardens open to the public. Here you will find a diamond in the rough – the ideal spot to while away the hours in tranquil contemplation. Classically Baroque in style, they are a charming mixture of Italian symmetry and Mediterranean colour and perfumes, with seasonal appeal all year round. From the twisting paths through the orange grove, to the flowering trees and unusual shrubs, this is a lush landscape waiting to be explored. Admire the many exotic species including jacaranda and oleander, the borders of jewel-like cinerarias and fragrant freesias, the tall spiky agapanthus, over 65 species of hibiscus, the vast collection of bougainvillea and the profusion of cascading geraniums. Christiane Ramsay Scicluna, Baroness of Tabria, takes great interest in the upkeep of the gardens, and personally manages their development.