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Address: 74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
Phone Number: 356 21221499
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Really enjoyable tour at a fantastic price. Learnt a lot about the house, people and malta in general. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and answers most of our questions... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
Barnsley, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Visiting (especially if the Marquis or Marquess are doing the tour) is a must. As a noble family, there is a ton of history wrapped up in their home, but there is also loads of kitsch. It is very eccentric and very worth your time visit. Don't rush, there are trinkets and stories in every nook and cranny of the... More 

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Barnsley, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Really enjoyable tour at a fantastic price. Learnt a lot about the house, people and malta in general. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and answers most of our questions. Worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We really enjoyed visiting this house. Had read a lot of reviews and was not disappointed. We got on the first tour of the day and were able to meet the owner who was charming. Very good guided tour and an insight in to Maltese life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

A wonderful contrast to the large scale attractions, and a charming insight into Maltese high society and life. Well worth a visit. The air raid shelters were interesting, and the parrot is a bonus!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Well worth a look. It's still a family owned house but the collection of stuff in there is eclectic and interesting. Bomb shelter is a real eye opener and the parrot highly entertaining!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A privately owned palace with the owners as tour guides. Limited opening over bank holidays meant it was very crowded when we visited. The courtyard garden is home to a parrot, you see the old water system adapted to create a bomb shelter before WW2, and the public rooms of the house - winter and summer dining rooms, several other... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We found out about this lovely old (16thC I think) merchant's mansion from a tourist magazine in our hotel. There are many such properties in Valletta but this is a rare opportunity to get inside one. Tours led by a knowledgeable guide are hourly and there was about a dozen people in our group. Our tour started in a beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Lovely tour through a private home which is still occupied by family members. Right in the heart of Valetta. Although there is a lot to see in the home, it is not "museum-like" because it is still lived in & loved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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

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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MartinMalta, Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing Casa Rocca Piccola and we are glad you enjoyed your visit. The entrance fee is 9 euros for adults (not 10 euros). The Bomb Shelter tunnels can be a little claustrophobic especially if there is a crowd of people and I hope your wife wasn't too distressed. Our elderly neighbours tell us that in World War... More 

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