Casa Rocca Piccola

Casa Rocca Piccola, Valletta: Hours, Address, Casa Rocca Piccola Reviews: 4.5/5

Casa Rocca Piccola
4.5
Historic Sites • Art Museums • History Museums
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. 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.
Suggested duration
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Frances C
Preston, UK2 contributions
Disappointing
Oct 2020
It’s a beautiful house it’s such a shame the tour guide wanted to rush us through didn’t know much about the house she was also rude when my friend had a hot sweat and removed her mask, even when distancing herself from the rest of the group.
Written November 2, 2020
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Dear Reviewer, Thank you for your kind comments about the house being beautiful. I'm sorry you felt that our guide was rude. She told me that she that she was only trying to enforce the very strict Government COVID rules that were in place at the time and which I had told her must be obeyed by all visitors. The fact that your friend was hot only added to her concern in these difficult and sometimes frightening times. Please extend apologies to your friend and I hope that you will both be able to visit Malta in more relaxed times in the future.
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mikefoto
Island of Malta, Malta13 contributions
A visit that is must and you will regret it you don't !
Sep 2020
We live here and until recently never visited. What a find. Suggest everybody who is lucky enough to visit Valletta make this amazing gem a must to visit.
Every little bit of it has a mass of unbelievable history and interesting stories of its past. Some very rare items that will amaze you!
Written September 20, 2020
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Thanks for your kind review, glad that you joined our guided tour and our rare colletions.
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margaret d
4 contributions
Beautiful and fascinating house . Even better if you stay in one of the splendid bedrooms.
Aug 2020 • Solo
Wonderful house full of history .Lovely garden with a friendly parrot. Beautiful art and furniture. Informative guide. Interesting bomb shelter from the Second World War siege .
Written September 8, 2020
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Staying in our B&B can also give a fully experience of our Palazzo's atmosphere. Such a nice review, thank you.
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Josep V
Barcelona, Spain500 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2020
The place is interesting g and probably worth a visit. I found interesting because the guide was efficient and explained the history of the house linking it with the history of Malta. In some places it is announced as the baron is guiding the visit and I think this is not true. However as I said our guide was very good and I am sure that she is better explaining than the baron!
Written August 23, 2020
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Sharon H
Las Vegas, NV2,075 contributions
This magnificent Maltese palace has a great history--don't miss it!
May 2019
This magnificent 16th-century palace of a noble Maltese family is the only privately-owned palazzo open to the public and definitely a “must see.” Owned by the Marquis de Piro, the family lives above the two floors that are open to the public, and they use those floors when tours are not going on. Greeted by a large blue and yellow macaw, we started the tour in the enclosed courtyard/garden, enjoying the fountain and the lovely garden. Upstairs we toured the main floor--sitting rooms, dining rooms (one winter/one summer), bedrooms, a study, and a small chapel. We also toured the basement. Originally a well for the house, it was converted to bomb shelter rooms during WWII—one for the family and two others for the local citizens. (Malta was heavily bombed during WWII since it served as Eisenhower’s headquarters for the invasion of Sicily and Italy.) The furnishings and artwork were magnificent, but unlike many palaces that we have visited which seem cold and sterile, this one gave us a really cozy, lived-in feeling. The tour was wonderful. Not only did we get a feel for the house and the family, but also for the place this house held in the history of Malta.
Written March 20, 2020
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Great review and thanks for visiting us!
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Caroline013
Canada68 contributions
A house is a house.....and not necessarily a home!!
Mar 2020
Every country , every city has mansions....nothing spectacular here! If we were to visit every place that boasts of opulence....I would prefer to do so in Florence!!
Written March 12, 2020
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Sylv
4 contributions
Charm and genuine elegance
Feb 2020
I visited Casa Rocca Piccola during the Carnival and little did I expect so much pleasure from a visit. There were about fifteen of us from six or seven different countries. The guided tour was carried out in English, led by a charming young Maltese woman who told us many anecdotes as well as showing us round an incredible number of rooms. The Queen visited there with Prince Philip when he was posted in Malta. In the Archives room you can also see a photograph of the Duke and duchess of Sussex. The Duchess is wearing a traditional black 'ghonnella' or 'faldetta'. The house belongs to Marquess Nicholas de Piro and has been in the family since the 18th century. At times, I almost felt like intruding and at others, I thought I was invited for tea there.
Don't miss the two single-handed Maltese clocks.single. Enjoy the Chinese furniture, the portable chapel and all the 18th- and some 19th-century pieces.
You will not regret spending an hour or two there. In the charming Italianate garden, an access to their bomb shelter is provided.
Enjoy!
Written March 10, 2020
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Dear visitor, thanks for your kind review!
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Lorelei M
Reykjavik, Iceland204 contributions
A glimpse into history from a family point of view.
Mar 2020
This Casa has a wonderful history and the tour made the articles in the house come alive. Very recommended.
Written March 9, 2020
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Thank you for your kind review!
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Stephen W
Thatcham, UK30 contributions
Interesting time capsule of well to do Maltese life
Feb 2020
This house helps explain the unusual relationship of the Maltese families with England and with the Knights, Italy and the rest of Europe. Mostly 19th and 20th century things to see as this house is still lived in. Just fascinating.
Written March 5, 2020
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Dear visitor, thanks for you great review!
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marmin
Lincoln, UK246 contributions
A different tour
Mar 2020 • Couples
We really enjoyed this tour as it gives a different perspective than typical grand house/palace tours. It’s a home of a noble family who have lived in it for a few hundred years and there is real history in every room. It may not be as impressive as huge palace tours but is at least (if not more) interesting. Sarah, our guide was very informative. Thanks
Written March 4, 2020
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Thank you for your kind review. We have two Sarah's guiding and yes, they are both well informed, articulate and a pleasure to listen to. I'll pass on your kind comments to both of them.
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