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Address: 74 Triq Ir-Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
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+356 2122 1499
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Champagne tour: A wonderful start to our Maltese weekend!

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... read more

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed out visit here. The tour guide was really engaging and provided clear and succinct information and history on the house. The bomb shelter is remarkable. There was also a cheeky parrot called Kiku when we visited, this was quite entertaining. Having a tour guide here really brought the history of the place to life. We would absolutely... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must for lovers of Malta, her history and culture. Extremely informative guided tour by a very clued up guide who answered queries well. Includes very interesting insights into Maltese life and a tour of the underground catacombs used as air raid shelters in WW2.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Casa Rocca Piccola is the permanent residence of the Noble Depiro family. It is also a repository of art by Maltese masters and of priceless collections of furniture, silver and china. Definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This house is a treasure to see/experience. The visit cannot be done without a guide , which can be a nuisance if you don't understand English or if you are in a hurry. Tours last 45 minutes and will take you through 12 or 13 rooms out of the 52 which are part of this magnificent house which is owned... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the best tours I have seen and heard in Europe, I learned more about Malta here than anywhere. The guide was knowledgeable and spoke well for everyone to understand. Not expensive abd students are free I think. Not appropriate for small children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A palace brimming with history of Malta, not to be missed. The Marquis escorted us around and his love for the house showed in every word. The visit was made more remarkable because of him.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I passed in front of the house by coincidence and I decided to go and give a look. The entry ticket for an adult wasn't cheap (€9) but it was worth every cent. I loved it. A friendly and knowledgeable guide will bring you around the house where all the rooms are left as they were centuries ago. The house... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

I learned about Casa Rocca Picola from Tripadvisor reviewers. During my preparations to visit Malta I went through what other visitors reviewed and Casa Rocca Piccola was among these attractions. It proved to be worthy. The tour takes less than two hours and it is highly recommended if you are interested in Malta Modern History. The guide was speaking good... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

We took the standard tour in English provided by a cousin of the current owner. It is an eclectic collection brought to life by her personal knowledge of the history of the place. We started with a trip underground to their bomb shelter/cistern. It is very narrow and steep, so be warned if you are claustrophobic. Once you are down... More 

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