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Address: 74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
Phone Number: 356 21221499
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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fantastic guide and tour

A real treasure in the middle of Valetta, convenient and easy to access, very worth the time! We managed to attend a tour by Michael who was effortlessly eloquent and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Chloe L
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

A real treasure in the middle of Valetta, convenient and easy to access, very worth the time! We managed to attend a tour by Michael who was effortlessly eloquent and knowledgeable and answered all our questions really well, teaching us about the family as well as Malta. The house itself is really impressive too, would highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I believe this was a €10 entry fee, but we really enjoyed it, and felt it was a hidden glimpse of the life of an old matlese noble family. The tours are guided only and on the hour, best arrive 15 minutes beforehand where you will wait in the garden and greeted by a very large blue parrot. The tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A hidden gem in the city. Beautiful architecture showcasing the older times in Malta's history. From the bomb shelters to the windows where your over view of the streets below this is a place well worth the visi. Even had the pleasure of meeting the current owner (not sure owner is the correct word to use ,i cannot remember his... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Felt as though being watched in case you stole an artifact, however interesting to move from room to room taking in history of a merchants home. You are allowed to go solo in the garden and empty air raid dungeons. Keen to push gift shop items and coffee shop facilities. Entrance of 9 euros a bit cheeky.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

We really, really enjoyed this palace, owned by the Marquis de Piro and still used as his family home. It felt just like visiting a home and gave us a great feel for the life of the nobility in Malta over two hundred years. Family heirlooms were scattered everywhere, along with paintings and photos of the family. We met the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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

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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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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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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