Casa Rocca Piccola
Casa Rocca Piccola
4.5
Historic Sites • Art Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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. 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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John430399
Waterloo, Canada149 contributions
My wife and happened to come across the Casa by accident and we are glad we did. We saw the sign, paid the small entrance fee and went it, We were two of only a few people the time and were shown through the house by a young, personable and knowledgeable guide.
We were amazed and delighted by the rooms, the settings and the artifacts, I was mesmerized by the dining table and the library but the history we learned and the underground tunnels we explored made it more than worthwhile.
We would gladly go again.
Written June 30, 2022
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Alexandra G
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK7 contributions
Couples
We had the most fabulous 3 night stay at this gem of Maltese history.

The owners could not have done more to make us feel welcome and at home.

The bed was superbly comfortable. Breakfast in the courtyard was accompanied with freshly squeezed orange juice and wonderful coffee.

We do not usually stay a B & B properties but we will definitely be staying here again and would highly recommend this property to anyone that appreciates quality experiences.
Written September 30, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review of our B&B which is located in the same building! We hope you enjoyed your stay and the tour of the palace too.
Written February 18, 2022
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beccypage
London, UK110 contributions
Couples
We learnt so much on our tour. We arrive 20mins before the next tour and chose to wait in the garden for a tour. There is an audio guide which you listen to by scanning a qr code (bring headphones). Our guide David was incredible. His knowledge not only of the house but of Maltese history was amazing. He answered all our questions and really engages with us (we were so lucky as there were just 4 of us on our tour). The house itself and the antiques inside were really interesting and there were countless beautiful objects and painting. Highly recommend and hope you learn as much about Valletta and Malta as much as we did-thank you again David!
Written August 11, 2021
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Thank you for your wonderful and informative review of Casa Rocca Piccola. David is a walking encyclopedia and a charming guide too. We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us.
Written February 18, 2022
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RicherTrips
Monterrey, Mexico3,677 contributions
Rocca Picola may sound impressive claiming it has over 50 rooms, but most of them are really tiny. This old burgoise mannor looks cramped, and lacks style or unity, like a hoarder’s paradise.

Many rooms seem to have been added over the time. It’s expensive for the amount of time you will invest; it’s probably privately owned.
Written February 4, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to review Casa Rocca Piccola.
Written May 12, 2022
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Margaret M
133 contributions
This is described as a living museum and the family still live in the house. There are lots of interesting items on display but the tour felt rushed and there was little time to take it all in. The building needs an awful lot of money spending on it and credit to the family for using it to generate cash.
Written September 12, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review Casa Rocca Piccola. We are sorry you felt the tour was rushed and we will pass on your comments to the guides. Yes, the building needs money to maintain so we are very grateful to our visitors who contribute to its upkeep.
Written February 18, 2022
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Suzanne D
Bath, UK193 contributions
On no account miss a visit to this unique treasure of Malta. Both visually, culturally, historically it will give you an intriguing glimpse into another life and times, creating a rich tapestry to enjoy. A warm greeting, an amusing and informative guided tour and a superb Sicilian restaurant attached completes this uplifting experience!
Written June 19, 2022
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Dave
17 contributions
Couples
Outstanding tour delivered by the extremely affable, charming and knowledgeable tour guide, Kristian. The house is a delight: built in 1580 with wonderful historical artefacts such as a portable chapel and artefacts alluding to the noblest of Roman Catholic orders, the Knights of Malta. The WW2 bomb shelters underneath are also an re-opene. Did you know Malta was the most bombed place in ww2 ? Top marks for a great tour. Good links to the olde country too, Malta is still in the Commonwealth.
Written October 2, 2021
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Thank you for your kind comments about our guide Kristian and Casa Rocca Piccola. We are so happy that you enjoyed the tour!
Written February 18, 2022
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070314Bellissima
Montreal, Canada165 contributions
Family
A unique opportunity to visit the actual home of a noble family. There were many interesting artefacts and memorabilia in the various rooms open to the public. We also visited the air-raid shelters used by the family during the Second World War. Our guide, Kristian, did a fantastic job of narrating the family history.
Written July 2, 2022
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Brian W
Swindon, UK306 contributions
Couples
OK, it was a cold day choice, but well worth it. Lovely artefacts in beautiful settings, great Venetian chandeliers, poignant air raid cellars (saddened by current Ukrainian savagery). Helpful staff for my disabled wife.:
Written March 19, 2022
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Thank you for your positive review. We are so glad that the staff were helpful!
Written May 12, 2022
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Brooke M
Nottingham, UK226 contributions
Couples
We had a very interesting tour around this palace, as well as seeing the home’s collection of interesting art work and decor, we heard stories about Maltese history and traditions which really enhanced our whole experience of Malta. The tour also includes some original WW2 shelters. Would definitely recommend when in Valletta. Tours start on the hour every hour of opening.
Written August 23, 2021
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Thank you very much for your informative review. We are happy you enjoyed your visit!
Written February 18, 2022
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Casa Rocca Piccola (Valletta) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Casa Rocca Piccola is open:
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Casa Rocca Piccola admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $10.61, while a popular guided tour starts around $5.00 per person. See all 8 Casa Rocca Piccola tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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