Old meets new. Classical meets contemporary. From the location and positioning of the home, to the pastel colours chosen for the facade, accentuated by bright multi-coloured geraniums you can easily tell that this is definitely not the run of the mill when it comes to Maltese houses. The house is known as the palace of the countess but not in the sense of the often garish and overly ornate baroque and rococo ambiences generally associated with palaces. This is a palace which oozes with contemporary grandeur. Actually, the word which comes to mind is taste, with more than a touch of class too. The Palazzo is situated in the central part of the island aimed at families that work from home with private spaces for guests, domestic office, servant quarters and ample entertainment areas with latest technologies. Fully restored to its own glory, this Palazzo has all the modern amenities including home automation, wireless technology, central heating, air conditioning, outdoor pool and lots more. The first two rooms to greet visitors are the working studios. Here functionality and fun meet and literally embrace. Moving into the heart of the home, the eye quickly travels along the spacious corridor and settles on tan open space with thick transparent glass flooring. This beautifully roofed courtyard is a quasi-cloister which doubles up as a mini art-gallery. Interestingly, the space transforms into a modest dance floor which can sustain the weight of some 60 people.