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Casa Rocca Piccola

74 Republic Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
+356 2122 1499
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Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes
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If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting Valletta go to Casa Rocca Piccola. Often described as a ‘living museum’ it is the only privately owned palace open to the public in the city. Built over 400 years ago for a Knight of Malta, Don Pietro La Rocca it is now the ancestral home of a Maltese Noble family. On your tour the guides will point out interesting things to see such as an 18th Century golden Sedan Chair which was carried around Valletta by Turkish slaves! 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. You will also see a network of tunnels cut out from the rock under Casa Rocca Piccola which were used as Bomb Shelters in World War 2. Over 100 people sheltered here from the Nazi bombs that poured on Valletta. To finish your tour in the cellars of the house there is a delightful Sicilian restaurant called La Giara.
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74 Republic Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The highlight of my Malta trip is a visit to this last private unconverted Valletta palaces which is still in use as a private home today. The tour began with The Garden followed by bomb shelters and some important rooms of the 50-roomed palazzo. Most...More

Thank Choix_du_Li_Sze
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I read up on this place before staying in Valetta and everyone had a good word about it. I too was pleasantly surprised when I went on the tour. It was extremely interesting and I marvelled at the amount of the contents of the house...More

Thank anne marie j
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Yet another of Malta's attractions which I would say is a "Do not miss". The house is beautiful and gives you a real feel of the fact that you are in someones home. Although the current owner does have a private apartment our guide (who...More

Thank Richard P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely old palace with oodles of history and well prrsented. But the parrot is the star. What a poser.

Thank Peter2912014
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MartinMalta, Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your kind comments about Casa Rocca Piccola and yes, Kiku loves an audience!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting. Adds to the understanding of Valetta's history. Family story, special artefacts, paintings, etc. Don't miss to go down to the bomb shelter.

Thank Thierry D
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MartinMalta, Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank for for you review of Casa Rocca Piccola. The Bomb shelters are a big part of the attraction here and we encourage everyone to see them!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted to see what a 16th Century palace looked and how the families lived on Malta. This was perfect. The owner still lives in the house - in fact we saw the distinguished looking gentleman. There are a number of varied rooms, all interesting,...More

Thank zazu2012
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The best thing about this was the French guide who I think is leaving soon (what a loss to this place). She was very knowledgeable, engaging and would drop in little bits of gossip/snippets that made the tour very entertaining and amusing.

Thank Peter S
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MartinMalta, Owner at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Reviewer, Thanks for your review. I will make sure that our French guide sees your kind comments. We are replacing her with new guides who will I hope be just as entertaining and amusing.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We noticed this historic house while walking past and decided to visit - we are really glad we did as it gave us an intimate insight into the life of a wealthy Maltese family of long standing. The tour guide was well informed and keen...More

Thank Kathryn B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had read about the sights along Republic Street and when we stopped at Casa Rocca Piccalo, we were not disappointed. We felt like we had stepped back in time as we toured some of the amazing rooms in this 16th century house - a...More

Thank ElliewithDave
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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I recently visited the Casa Rocca Piccola with some friends that we were visiting in Malta. Everyone was impressed with the furnishings, paintings, garden, etc.

Thank Jerry_Carolyn
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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much

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vivash
October 11, 2015|
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Response from MartinMalta | Property representative |
Yes. The restaurant in the building is called La Giara and opens at 11am for lunch and dinner. There are bathrooms in the restaurant.
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