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Casa Rocca Piccola

74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
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Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I visited Casa Rocca Piccola as this was one of not amny places I have left to see in Malta from my last trip. I went there on my own as the friends I was with got scared with the fee charge, don't remember how much it was exactly, but it wasn't to expensive and trust me it was worth... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

A very interesting insight into Maltese history - with excellent tour guides. Probably of interest to those who enjoy history, design and art. The café also looked inviting on the way out.

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Valletta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This place is truly magical. It's the only historic house museum in Valletta, and deserves a visit. The owners are delightful and the collection of historic and contemporary artworks on display is truly impressive. Marquis de Piro is a formidable man and his parrot Kiku only adds to ambience and experience. Highly recommended.

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Fircrest, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I felt like a spy being able to gain access to someone's private residence and knowing members of the original family still live there.It is kept in beautiful repair. Very easy to walk to from anywhere in the old town of Valletta.

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Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The guided tour was well worth doing. It was fascinating to visit a lived in small palace. We only saw 12 of the 90 plus rooms but they are ones used by the family. Our guide was a cousin and had great passion for the palace which held some lovely artefacts. It was particularly interesting to see the lovely courtyard... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. We were lucky to have a guided tour by the owner. The rooms are beautiful, there are many interesting artefacts and the stories about the family are fascinating.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Casa Rocca Piccola. The guide was very informative and engaging and the house was a delight to look around and gave us a great insight into lives of old established Maltese family. Also do try the restaurant next dioor which too is excellent!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Privately owned plazzo - museum, operated by the owners. Dedicated and kind guidance, interesting stories of old times maltesen life. We were a bit late for the guided tour, but the group waited for us to catch up, and the owner itself guided us trough the first rooms :)

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Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Casa Rocca Piccola is a very interesting place and we really enjoyed our visit. It was reasonably priced, especially considering that you are actually given a tour which is very informative. There were only about 10 people in our group so it didn't feel overcrowded, and the guide was very knowledgable and nice. We also loved meeting the family's parrot... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This wonderful old palace is well worth a visit, it really gives you a glimpse into a world gone by. The internal courtyard is just gorgeous, with the palms and plants and trailing vines, and not least of all a colourful macaw chirping in the background! The history in this place is amazing..the lovely rooms and furniture, the family photographs,... More

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