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Address: 74 Triq Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
Phone Number: 356 21221499
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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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Well worth a visit! I don't usually like guided tours as they go on a bit, but this was enjoyable full of descriptive information and the house was not only an historical gem but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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West Malling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit! I don't usually like guided tours as they go on a bit, but this was enjoyable full of descriptive information and the house was not only an historical gem but also someone's home. Worthy of the price I cannot recommend it more.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Casa Rocca's Piccola's staff was very friendly. We were too late for their tours but could wat in the court yard before the next one started. In the court yard we were accompanied by a very colorful parrot. Also, one can opt to have backpacks stored away in the Casa's vault. Very useful when making Valletta a day trip! The... More 

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Broadstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent tour but be careful of the parrot in the corner of the garden prior to the tour...lovely but it can go for your nose!! Amazing reflection of an occupied Malta house/palace with a multitude of collections paintings partraits the "summer dining room" and many other fascinating historic information. Unfortunately despite an informative young tour guide there is nowhere near... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This palace which is one of the few houses still being inhabited by original Maltese nobility, gives a glimpse of the past as well as current times. The young guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour extremely interesting. The bomb shelters which were used during the Second World War were alone worth the visit. An added bonus is the... More 

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Omagh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great piece of local history. The house is still lived in and the family invite you to visit and hear their history whis is fascinating. Well worth a visit especially the underground air raid shelter used during ww2.

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Flemalle, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really nice visit and surprise! It's is not expensive and is the visit we preferred in Valetta, much better than the other museums where you have boring audio guide. The guide was really nice and motivated. You will discover this lovely villa (where the owner are still partially living) and its shelter. Worth every euro spent!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We weren't lucky enough to be guided by the owner, but then we didn't feel we'd been left out. We were the only English speakers who wanted a tour at that point, so we ended up with a personal tour of what is a very beautiful and interesting house.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The 16th century palace of a Maltese noble family. The only one in Valletta still being used as a family home. The owner, the present Marquis de Piro greeted us at the door. Lovely man. His home is amazing.

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Thank Annette G
Totnes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really a great place to visit with lovely domestic artefacts to see. We were lucky to have the Marquis guide us in a unique and witty style. Highly reccomended

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Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A good and informal insight view of the house and lives of the Maltese Noblesse. The young Lady Tourguide was verry well informed and made it a tour well spend. The different rooms complete with decorations furniture and utillery were educationall. An hour well spend.

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