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Casa Rocca Piccola

74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
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Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. We were lucky to have a guided tour by the owner. The rooms are beautiful, there are many interesting artefacts and the stories about the family are fascinating.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Casa Rocca Piccola. The guide was very informative and engaging and the house was a delight to look around and gave us a great insight into lives of old established Maltese family. Also do try the restaurant next dioor which too is excellent!

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Budapest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Privately owned plazzo - museum, operated by the owners. Dedicated and kind guidance, interesting stories of old times maltesen life. We were a bit late for the guided tour, but the group waited for us to catch up, and the owner itself guided us trough the first rooms :)

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Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Casa Rocca Piccola is a very interesting place and we really enjoyed our visit. It was reasonably priced, especially considering that you are actually given a tour which is very informative. There were only about 10 people in our group so it didn't feel overcrowded, and the guide was very knowledgable and nice. We also loved meeting the family's parrot... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This wonderful old palace is well worth a visit, it really gives you a glimpse into a world gone by. The internal courtyard is just gorgeous, with the palms and plants and trailing vines, and not least of all a colourful macaw chirping in the background! The history in this place is amazing..the lovely rooms and furniture, the family photographs,... More

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This 16th century house isn't on the scale of Chatsworth but never-the-less is the home of a real life Marquis. You may even catch a glimpse of him, as we did, on our tour of the building. The tour lasted about an hour during which our guide showed us many of the main function rooms and some of the treasures... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Casa Rocca Piccola is a most wonderful attraction in Valletta. Our visit to this lovely palace was the highlight of our visit to Valletta. The modest frontage facing the street belies the extensive interior. The palace is beautiful, interesting and a very welcoming family home. Too many positives to mention but just to say that this is a 'must see'... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The best part of the attraction (other than the parrot Kiku III) was the tour guide who was very informative and friendly. She lead us around the house pointing out important parts of the rooms and disseminating interesting facts about the family - she was very approachable to ask questions. The rooms were overall impressive however were mainly filled with... More

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

Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your review and your comments about the guide. You are right that many of the items on show tell a story about the current family but there are many things here that you can't see anywhere else on the island which makes a visit to Casa Rocca Piccola pretty unique. In answer to your question... More

Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This house survived the WW 2 bombings (it even has a bomb shelter in it) and is a wonderful way to see into the past. This is a 52 room home that is still lived in and 12 rooms are open to the public. The tour is a very well spent hour. Treat yourself to something very special.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The palace is not a house for a common Maltese family. But is good to see how the upperpart lived in Valletta the past centuries. The guide had a nice attitude for telling the relevant stories.And in the La Giara restaurant we had a fine lunch.

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