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“Nobleman's house” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Casa Rocca Piccola

Casa Rocca Piccola
74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
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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.
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“Nobleman's house”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This lovely house was built in the 17th centuary by one of the Grand Masters and is a historical treasure trove. Guided tours only at a cost of 9 euros. Our delightful guide was well informed and the visit provided a fascinating insight into the life of the nobility of the island.

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“A Living experience of Maltese Nobility”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Enjoy a true experience of Maltese Nobility all under one roof. Maliciously setup dating back to the 18th Century.

The value of Casa Rocca Piccola lies in its ability to provide unique historical evidence into the customs and traditions of the Maltese nobility over the last 400 years.

You can also see a collection of furniture, silver and paintings that add to the aesthetic riches of this country.

Visited March 2014
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“Knight's palace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This was a delightful palace and the guide who showed us round was incredibly knowledgable and enthusiastic, well worth a visit.

Visited February 2014
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“A Home and Musem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I was taken to this palace on a tour of Valletta, and it was a wonderful experience. The mixture of a museum and a home is charming and interesting. The owner of the home happened upon my small group and our guide, and proceeded to show us around himself! His pride in his family and his heritage was obvious. Unfortunately, we were on a strict time table, but I could have spent several hours there. Even without his wonderful guiding, the palace is a beautiful place that should not be missed.

Visited February 2014
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“Good to see how the elite lived”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The tours here are with a guide only and he was good. This is an old Maltese family home and the family still live here. You are shown around only part of the house plus the cellars used as air raid shelters during WW2.

They have an eclectic mix of artefacts and mementoes and the highlight for me was to stand on one of those lovely Maltese balconies. I would describe it as faded elegance or some might say shabby chic and was part of Maltese history but we felt at 9 euros each it was a bit overpriced. The large gift shop has a good mix of items at all prices.

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