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Address: 74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
Phone Number: 356 21221499
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If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting Valletta...

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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our wonderful goodbye to Malta

My friend and I had been staying in Malta for a week in January. The sun shone and the sky was blue. We managed to see many attractions offered on the island of Malta and Gozo... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My friend and I had been staying in Malta for a week in January. The sun shone and the sky was blue. We managed to see many attractions offered on the island of Malta and Gozo. Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta was our parting visit as we were going home the next day. We definitely left the best to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

For me the best and most interesting visit I made whilst in Malta. The guide was informative & 'chatty' . We also met the owner & his wife which added to the whole experience. Pleasant change from all the churches etc which came before.

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited casa rocca piccolo today and it was well worth the €9 each to get in. Our guide was very friendly and full of knowledge and we even saw the owner of the house. I would recommend this to anyone travelling to Malta.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well this is an interesting place. Being January and the last visitors of the day, we received a personal tour around the palace by a very informative and enthusiastic young lady. This was after meeting the Baron (owner of the palace) in the courtyard and meeting his young Macaw. Absolutely loved the summer dining room - wondering how we can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a visit when you're staying in Valletta, or Malta in general. Lovingly presented private mansion that offers hourly tours by a well-informed guide, and in superb English as well. You might even be able to catch the present owner, a member of the family, who's very friendly indeed. This is a marvelous small palatial mansion, with plenty of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly interesting tour of 22 rooms of the Palazzo. I enjoyed the eclectic decor and choices of artwork. Really delightful color and pattern choices and collections of curios. Don't miss the garden with parrot and bomb shelter.

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Msida, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Casa Rocca Piccola today where a way of life comes to life. This is a splendid 16th Century Palace of a Noble Maltese Family.Often described as a living museum, this is the only privately owned Palazzo open to the public in Valletta. Originally built for Don Pietro La Rocca , a Knight of Malta, it contains a fascinating... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We turned up on the doorstep one afternoon, after hearing stories about this house. And were delighted by the warm welcome of our tour guide, a very knowledgeable young lady who accompanied the two of us around this splendid family house. The Casa Rocca Piccola doesn't pretend to be a modern exhibition, and some might find the dizzying array of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Baron's family have been in this house for almost 400 years and the family treasures and archives are displayed for public viewing in the family home where the Baron and his family still live. A fascinating and very personal glimpse of a historic family. There is a fine collection of British paintings and drawings from the first half of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

But a very good guided tour it was, by a woman who really could respond to all the questions. Very interesting house.

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