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Address: 74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
Phone Number: 356 21221499
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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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A home which doubles as a museum.

Gorgeous furnishings and artwork. A very interesting guided tour which ended with the bomb shelters - a novelty for us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gorgeous furnishings and artwork. A very interesting guided tour which ended with the bomb shelters - a novelty for us.

Thank verneEngland
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A grand old residence which is still lived in today. One gets a guided tour of about a dozen rooms of the 50 some in the large home which contain 200 plus year old chandeliers, paintings, clocks and on and on. This also includes a tour of the bomb shelters under the home.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A return visit after a number of years. So much to see. The guide was excellent. The family still live there and we even got an opportunity to chat with the owner. Cannot recommend it highly enough. There is even a talking parrot in the garden. The World War 2 air raid shelters at the end of the tour are... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visitors are taken around the rooms that are open to the public by a knowledgeable guide. There are no self-guided tours available.

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Grand Bend, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is well worth a visit. The current occupants allow part of their home to be open to the public. Our guide Eve was very well informed and told us a lot about what the history of Valletta was like over the generations of the occupants of the Casa. Each room in the Casa had some interesting memorabilia and a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice casa . Quite expensive to get in , but the guide was really nice and accommodating. You can get a feeling of how the maltese royalty used to live.

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Marsascala, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visited this beautiful house with my husband and 2 children. Its a window onto a portion of Maltese society and history that is ignored in our schools. A must visit for those who love all thinks Maltese. Very charming host and hostess. They treated all visitors with a glass of prosecco because it was international tourism day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Guide is distantly related to family which owns it. His enthusiasm for his job and for the property shone through - one got the impression that he had played there when young. Not to be missed are the rock-cut caverns used as air-raid shelters

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tour of the house with many interesting exhibits of paintings and furniture plus contemporary associations with British royalty

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Please visit this house - the guide is so full of enthusiasm, knowledge and inspiration. Easily the best tour we had in Valletta. Some fascinating antiquities and photographs. Brilliant !

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