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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 #11 of 269 things to do 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

It was excellent. A incredible guide, made History exciting!! He was very knowledgeable about the property, history of Malta and the items in the Palace. We met the Nicholas 9th Marquis de Piro at the end of the tour, what a lovely friendly down to earth man. Would highly recommend the Palace, excellent value and you will get to meet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed visiting an old traditional Maltese house. There were rooms but also underground tunnels. There was a guide and owners were also present and pleasant!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A great place to spend 45 mins or so in Malta. The house is full of 500 Years of history. The family are the closest thing to Maltese royalty (they were invited to queen Elizabeth's coronation) The tour guide is very proficient. He is multi lingual and knows his stuff! I got to meet the baron at the end. A... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This house is a lovely way to spend an hour. Our tour guide JoAnna was delightful even though she confessed she had only worked there 2 months and was still learning about the house. The underground bomb shelter is worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We met the Marquis outside the Palazzo on a walk - about so returned for a visit a few days later.We were welcomed by Kiku ( the parrot) prior to the tour with a small multinational group.Our guide ( who was full of interesting anecdotes) was excellent and made the palazzo 'come alive' We were introduced to a fascinating wealth... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Easy to find, had a very knowledgeable tour guide who escorted us around the rooms. We also saw the family bomb shelter which was opened to the public during the war. Would recommend a look around. Also don't forget to say hello to Kiku the resident parrot!

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Saumur, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Great visit. Even waiting for the visit to start is interesting, as you can study parrot rules & search the courtyard for the elusive parrot. He DOES show up, & chats. Enough of this bird stuff. Our guide, Victoria, gave us lots of insights into Malta.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The family who own the Palace show you round and this is one of the nicest experiences in the entire Mediterranean. Nothing uniquely outstanding, but this is the charm of the house and possessions of an aspiring minor nobility with pretensions..., and that is the delightful tongue in cheek approach taken by the guides/family. So do go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We spent a few weeks in Malta three years ago and I can't believe we missed this as we were staying just around the corner. Tours - guided - are on the hour most of the day and it was really interesting. WE only saw 12 of the 50 or so rooms, but the family still live in the rest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

A beautiful little house with a great collection of furniture and artifacts. This is a typical Palazzo of a Knight of Malta, now occupied by a different noble family for the last century. It also has an underground reservoir-turned-WW2 bomb shelter, 30 metres deep. Very reasonably priced (€8) with a clear and knowledgeable guide. The tour was just right at... More 

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