Palazzo Stagno was originally built as a private home in 1589, an era when Malta was occupied by the Knights Hospitaliers of St John, who arrived in 1530 and stayed for over 200 years. The Great Siege of Malta of 1565 happened just 24 years prior to the completion of this magnificent building.
The Stagno family came from Messina in nearby Sicily, but little more than that is known about the family. Judging by the size of the palace, and the presence of a mill in the home, one might assume that they were a wealthy noble family.
Historians suggest that the palazzo might have served as a country residence for one of the Knights, and while no concrete evidence of this has been found, a plaque outside the palazzo was erected by the Qormi local council testifying to its status as one of the oldest buildings in the area.
Qormi is located in the centre of the island, with good connections to the Airport, the capital Valletta, and the historic capital Mdina.
Qormi is also known as Città Pinto, after Grandmaster Emanoel Pinto de Fonseca granted the town city status with his own name in 1743. It is best known for its bakers, who served most of the island’s bread supplies. It is also wellknown for its eleborate Good Friday procession, and for its richly carved architecture, the palazzo being a prime example.