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Casa Rocca Piccola

Address: 74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
Phone Number: 356 21221499
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Ranked #4 of 35 Attractions in Valletta
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting Valletta from the usual run of museums why not make it a point to go and see Casa Rocca Piccola. Often described as a ‘living museum’ Casa Rocca Piccola is the only privately owned palace open to the public in Valletta and has a fascinating variety of different things to see.Originally built in the 16th Century for Don Pietro La Rocca, a Knight of Malta, it is now the family ancestral home of the 9th Marquis de Piro and his family. On your visit you will be able to walk through twelve palatial rooms including the two Dining Rooms, (one for the summer and one for the winter!) as well as the Four Poster Bedroom, a private Family Chapel and an Archive room housing family documents of the de Piro family going back to the 17th Century.Guides will point out the interesting things to see such as an 18th Century golden Sedan Chair which was once carried around Valletta by Turkish slaves and the glass tumblers used to hold ice which had to be rowed all the way from Mount Etna in Sicily! There are literally hundreds of magnificent objects to see including modern paintings interspersed with the ancestral portraits of the Marquises de Piro and the Barons of Budach.Lastly but not least as part of your guided tour you will see a network of tunnels cut out from the rock under the house which were used as Bomb Shelters in World War 2. Over 100 people could be sheltered here from the Nazi bombs that poured on Valletta.There is a delightful souvenir shop in the Carriage Room of the house and a cosy Sicilian restaurant in the old kitchens.
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is a lovely palazzo in Valetta, which the owners have decided to open up to the public. Not only is it pleasing to the eye, it also has a vast and fascinating underground chamber which is a must see. Rooms have a variety of ceiling heights indicating the number of changes the buildings have undergone over time. There’s a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Very interesting and informative tour of a Knight of St Johns noble house and bomb shelters. The tour guide was knowledgable and held our attention and went just at the right pace. Perfect for those interested in history or architecture Great value for money.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

One gets to see how the nobilities lived in Malta with their beautiful houses and each room is decorated. It also has a war shelter which is available to see on the tour. Highly recommended.

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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We really enjoyed our tour with Victoria. She is passionate and enthusiastic about the home! We saw some interesting treasures, and now have a better understanding of Maltese history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We found this by chance in Valletta and got on the last tour on New Year's Eve. As it was a big group it was split into 2 and the Marchioness herself took our group around her home. She was delightful and very willing to answer all our questions.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Where else can you talk a real marquise and follow a history of Malta and Europe through a family history? Must visit!! And make sure you talk to their parrot!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Situated in the main street, a visit to this delightful old house is a must. We were greeted by the owner who took us upstairs to where a guided tour had just started. Our guide was excellent and made the tour so interesting. I would have liked a little longer to look at all the artefacts that the house holds,... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

this is not a museum! it's an occupied house and the actual owners are the guides.... the house itself is very beautiful.. each room is full of pieces of history, a mix of antiques, paintings ... we were guided by a member of the family, a very enthusiastic man who shared with us a lot of stories about objects and... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

CRP is easy to find and entrance is included in the Malta card. Our guide Michael was very knowledgeable and informative. This is not a museum but a private home that allows guests to visit and see their home. the house is beautiful, and gives a really good overview of life both in the present and times gone by. We... More 

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Parma, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Here You'll find a nice private english house. Tons of paintings, photos, Brik & Brak fully stuff the house but it is exactly what could be expected. The better this is that you doesn't enter in a museum but you enter in the owner house since it is still used daily (the private parts of the house) Great also the... More 

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