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Palazzo Castelletti: Rabat’s very own Historical palace

Palazzo Castelletti is a historical palace situated in the heart of Rabat that promises to provide patrons and guests alike with a unique cultural and culinary experience. This architectural gem has long been kept hidden from the public as it has undergone over 10 years of painstaking renovation to finally restore the palazzo to its past glory.

Palazzo Castelletti now houses a number of high standard catering establishments:

• The San Andrea Restaurant is a unique dining experi- ence in the heart of Rabat that offers something for the palates of all good food lovers. San Andrea offers a blend of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with French influences while making use of the best Maltese produce in a creative and innovative way.

• REDWHITE is ideal for Pizza, Pasta and Grill lovers or for those after a good Wine or Cocktail night out served in conjunction with freshly prepared house antipasti and platters.

• The Castelletti Salumeria & Patisserie caters for quick, healthy lunches and snacks at very low prices. The menu allows patrons to select from a wide choice of salads and antipasti made with the gourmet products on display, or even design their own antipasto by choosing their preferred ingredients.

Palazzo Castelletti offers a rustic setting that is perfect for both indoor and al fresco dining during all months of the year. This idyllic location is also fully equipped to cater for meet- ings, banquets and private functions and can accommodate up to 500 people from cellar right up to the roof terrace.

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 2,000 years of turbulent, often dangerous, times that shaped the fate of this island. Here, in the suburb of Rabat, Palazzo Castelletti is surrounded by reminders of a past that is still present in the minds and hearts of local inhabitants.

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.

The Palazzo was originally constructed for an aristocratic Maltese family, the Theuma-Castelletti family, who built a residence con- sisting 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. 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.

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