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Address: 74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
Phone Number: 356 21221499
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Description: If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting...
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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Fabulous house in the middle of Valetta. The building has so many stories to tell, you are taken around a living, breathing aristocratic family home. The house has its own... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Fabulous house in the middle of Valetta. The building has so many stories to tell, you are taken around a living, breathing aristocratic family home. The house has its own underground air raid shelter. Fabulous attraction for all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Fascinating opportunity to see inside a grand house in Valletta. Our charming guide, a young student did well to answer our questions on the multitude of contents. She also paced the guided tour very well, allowing time for us to take photos etc.

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A glorious gem tucked away past the Grandmasters Palace. Its not a museum but a family home crammed with interesting and unusual objects and paintings and to bring it to life a member of the family (a talented raconteur) takes the tour. This family has been at the centre of Maltese society and the anecdotes were interesting and funny. The... More 

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Mosta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

It is one of the most lovely palaces I have visited locally. Very well taken care of by its owners. Where given the time needed to explain the generation and its background by the owner. When we asked questions, she was more then happy to fill us up with detailed information. A palace not to be missed if you are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Brilliant house that contains incredible treasures collected by the family over the many years they have lived here. This is the family house and you are always conscious that it is a privilege to be allowed to visit. The guides were great and gave us a lot of information. During your visit you will see a Papal shoe, photos and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We have visited many stately homes, this was by far the most interesting experience. We were fortunate to be guided by the Marquis, and gained a fascinating insight into Maltese history and life through the rich variety of objects in the home.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very interesting old palace which dates back to the Knights of St John and is still lived in today by the 9th Marquis de Piro and his family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Despite the knights and the navies, everyday life must go on! This house of a modern nobleman shows just how he and his family have lived for generations. Definitely worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Casa Rocca is a beautiful small Maltese palazzo still belonging to a private owner. It's a treasure trove of lovely objects and shows a slice of local society. But it also harbours a secret , a cave underneath the house with an interior access staircase. Used as a water and food store it also became a shelter in the... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A great step back in time. An interesting and informative guide. A great way to spend an hour. Watch out for the parrot

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