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Address: 74 Triq Ir-Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
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+356 2122 1499
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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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This historical house dates back over 400 years and the escorted tour of it with the very informative guide lasting 1 hour is a must.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This historical house dates back over 400 years and the escorted tour of it with the very informative guide lasting 1 hour is a must.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had walked past the villa a couple of times during the week and were a bit concerned that the kids would find it a bit dull. Tales of the Parrot who is on twitter, the 100 person strong war shelter in the water storage below the building encouraged their interest but the delivery by our wonderfully informative guide helped... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most authentic house-museums - the family is descending from one of the first crusaders that came to Malta. The descendants still live in the family house today. You see it in the rooms. It's not a museum, it's a noble house where centuries of art, heirlooms and history mix with real life of modern times. Beautifully preserved... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tour lasts about an hour. Cost €9 for adults. The lady who showed us around was very warm and made the tour interesting. The house is lovely to see. I think it's the last Palazzo in Malta which is still privately owned. Worth a visit if you have time or it's wet like the day we visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful house, in old Valletta, of a leading Maltese family. Great artwork, historic context/ties to British Royalty, a taste of Maltese upper class

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of history in a small space! Our guide was very knowledgeable and keen to share what she knew! Even the parrot said hello!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Malta is living history, and Casa Rocca Piccola a great insight into the lives of a wealthy family. A guided tour around this interesting family home was made memorable by the very knowledgeable guide whose commentary was greatly enhanced by her patient and detailed answers to visitors' question. In addition to the house and courtyard, dating back over 400 years,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I visited her January 2017. We were very fortunate to be the only 2 people on the tour lasting approx 45 minutes including a tour of the underground bomb shelter (very narrow). We found the tour guide to be engaging and quite insightful.. Our personal highlight was the palace garden and Kiku the parrot who could speak... More 

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MartinMalta, Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Glad you liked the tour,the tour guide and everything else you mentioned about Casa Rocca Piccola. You are however mistaken about the entrance price being 15 euros as it is actually only 9 euros and we give concessions to students who pay just 5 euros. We are in fact the cheapest privately owned tourist attraction in Valletta. Hope... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This interesting house had been a much larger palace, built about 1580. It was later split up and is now lived in by the family of Marquis de Piro. It jas a lived in feeling with many interesting paintings and beautiful fans, silver items and some intersting furniture. While waiting for our gu ided tour to start, we were entertained... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Having decided to visit Valetta with a friend one weekend in January, my research led me to investigate the possibility of getting on the champagne tour on the friday evening after our arrival earlier in the day. And what a great piece of research! We were met at the door by the wonderful lady of the house, Francis, who took... More 

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