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Casa Rocca Piccola

74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
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Ranked #6 of 35 Attractions in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We always make an effort to visit some of the tourist attractions, if only to get a feel for the place. Casa Rocca Piccola was a definite; a look back in time and to a time and place which is all too easily forgotten. The portraits on the sideboard show this to be no ordinary family home, but regardless of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

A wonderful insight into the lives of Maltese nobility in the 16th century and beyond. A real gem and well worth a visit on a trip to Valletta.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A bit more expensive than most other entrance fees but the guide is enthusiastic and really makes an effort to be inclusive. This place allows a glimpse of the high society of Maltese life.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

An hour taken from the heat during July in Malta provided more than the average tourist experience in this Casa which has. a wealth of history on display . It is also a" lived in " house with the personal paintings ,books, artefacts , valuable and otherwise that clearly have special meaning for the owners who maintain an unobtrusive but... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very interesting old noble house. Excellent guided tour, about 45 minutes, going through various rooms of the house with plenty of artifacts, paintings, furniture and decoration.

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locust grove, va
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The most impressive and unusual house or mini-palace I've ever seen. Spend some quiet time in the garden or cool off in the underground, it was a bomb shelter in WWII.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Very near to the President's Palace, Teatru Manoel and Nenu the Bakers - all three are worth visiting. Casa Rocca Piccola is accompanied viewing with a guide. You get to understand some of Malta's family life and see the water stores that were converted to bomb shelters under the house. Tours start on the hour so be there about 10... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

You can actually see that this house has been inhabited for 400 hundred years. The massive art collection is similar to a museum and follows the art eras as each new generation contributed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A worthwhile visitm as this is still run by the same family very interesting and it shows a vast Malta history lovenly restored but still with the feel of a family residence

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It's an interesting insight into one Maltese family's life. There are paintings, photos, an invitation to the queen's coronation in 1953, tables set with silver and crystal, dressing table with ladies stuff including a huge bottle of 4711 Eau de Cologne. The bomb shelter was the highlight for me - an old converted water cistern they jammed over 100 people... More

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