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Casa Rocca Piccola

74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
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Ranked #5 of 36 Attractions in Valletta
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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Worcester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

excellent place to visit I would recommend it to groups together and solo visitors the lady of the house guided us round the rooms and her speech was excellent and clear the bomb shelters were excellent and Kiku the macaw in the courtyard is extremely amusing with his antics

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

This isn't really a museum as it is actually still used as a residence and it is full of artwork, furniture and decorations form past times. The guide was informative and pointed out various items of interest as we made our way around a dozen rooms of the house. There are also WW2 bomb shelters underneath the house which are... More 

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Clonmany, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Cass Rocca Piccola is a beautiful home and features a wonderful mix of antiques, paintings and bric a brac. We were lucky enough to be guided through the home by a member of the family who was very interesting and had wonderful pieces of history to share about each room. The garden is stunning and I found the bomb shelters... More 

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Woodford Halse, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This is a hidden treasure. The casa is bijou and beautiful with an eclectic collection of art and furniture. The guides are wonderful and a visit to the air raid shelters is a must! Say hello to Kiku the beautiful parrot and if you are lucky as we were, you may get to meet the lady of the house -... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

A beautiful 16th Century Palace, still lived in by an old Maltese Noble family. Beautiful furniture, paintings and bric a brac. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and there was a small interior garden, very private with a laden orange tree, and very high walls. I found the air raid shelters interesting, made from one of the massive old water... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This is definitely worth a visit. You may be lucky enough to be shown round by the owner but in any event it is a very interesting little house. Tours are only on the hour. It is very much a family home so a very eclectic mix of stuff to look at. The Italian owned by them next door is... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

What a wonderful palace. If you like learning about the history of the place, then you'll love this. You can only see the palace with a tour guide but they are very good, full of humour and very informative. The air-raid shelters below the palace are an eye opener to their life during the war.

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Lynton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I was lucky enough to be the only visitor for my guided tour. My guide was charming and most knowledgeable without being boring. The house is still a family home and it feels like one.Lovely oriental pieces as well as European, a fairly eclectic mix. Books and photographs all add to the charm.

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Tucked away but worth a visit. You see 20 of the 50 or so rooms, a bomb shelter and a beautiful courtyard with a welcoming parrot. The family live on site so don't be surprised if one crosses your path. Our guide was excellent too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We learnt so much history in general here, each room was like an aladdins cave of history with so much leant, the guide was so informative. A real mixture of time zones and little known historical information personal to the family. A small but beautiful garden with the option of descending into an old bomb shelter (steep, uneven stone steps).... More 

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