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Address: 74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
Phone Number: 356 21221499
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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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We had a guide tour early morning on our own, what a joy the guide happy to answer questions as we strolled from room to room in this wonderful family home. So much history to see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Janice W
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We had a guide tour early morning on our own, what a joy the guide happy to answer questions as we strolled from room to room in this wonderful family home. So much history to see and the collection of Baron de Piro is a joy to see and how it relates to the history of the family and Valletta.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

What a gem. We entered expecting "another palace" and couldn't have been more wrong. We were guided round his ancestral home by the owner, the Baron. A man of grace, humour and passion. I'm sure he has lead the tour many times but he spoke about every item as if it was the first time and as if the tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate to come on a very crowded day and have the Baron De Piro himself lead our tour. I visit historic homes for a hobby and most are devoted to a rather dry recounting of historical information, but the Baron himself was vibrantly knowledgeable about his ancestors and all the art and furnishings in the residence, and was... More 

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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We loved the homely feel of this beautifully preserved townhouse. A lovely garden too. The atmosphere of peace and family life brought this house to life for us and its history was very interesting.

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Fochabers, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

The experience was a rewarding glimpse of the life of the Knights of Malta. Was fortunate enough to meet the owner/resident who is charming gentleman with excellent communication skills and a wealth of knowledge on the history of Malta. Cannot recommend to highly, a must see visit in Valetta.

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Szczecin, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A must! Lovely home, full of history and friendly people, the guide tells the story of de Piro family with real passion. Makes you feel jealous of not knowing your family roots so precisely.

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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

What a wonderful find. Family still lives in the house. The owner was actually guiding the tour after mine. Guide was excellent. Pointed out fascinating objects the family has collected over the years. A wonderful history of Malta as well. I enjoy seeing homes of locals, usually nobility. The underground area where many people lived during the German blitzes of... More 

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Buckhaven, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Beautiful palace with history seeping out of every stone. The kind of place fairytales are based on, could easily let your imagination run wild whilst visiting here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A house (still lived in by a marquee) with so much history inside. The house has its own history and the owners contents have their own history. I was taken back a little by it. You could be lucky enough to get the tour by the marquee himself, although is was very professional and knowledgeable. I liked the family parrot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Well worth a visit. A beautiful sixteenth century house. Great guided tour in English. Underground war shelters were fascinating.

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