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Address: 74 Triq Ir-Repubblika, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
Phone Number: +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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Understanding Malta modern history

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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing palace with original contents. The only one in Valetta - poss Malta - that is still lived in & open. Really good tour. Worth a visit - highly recommended. Love the parrot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to have the Marquis take us round in a group of 12-15 people...what a gent,historian,comedian and story teller.His home has been open to the pubic for the last 20 years and is full of its family portraits,art and brick-a-brack. Ive done a lot of guided tours around houses of importance, but I can sincerely say I've... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found this place fascinating. A real step back in time. The house is still lived in by the de Piro family, and the current Marquis apparently still leads some tours himself. While he wasn't present for our tour, Kostas who guided us through the house was charming, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The public rooms in the house have a faded... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A small house but with plenty to see. We went one afternoon and it was perfect. Nice courtyard garden as well

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a ‘living museum,’ the 16th century home/palace of a noble Maltese family. You can tour the impressive rooms of the Palace and sit in the peaceful courtyard (with resident parrot). Original furniture (still used) and paintings of ancestors are on view. You can also visit the underground network of tunnels and passages (used as bomb shelters during the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this visit. As a couple in our early 20s it appealed to all ages. On the tour we discovered that the gentleman who was showing us around was one of the owners and so he was like an encyclopaedia of Malta, he knew everything we asked about and more. Very factual, personal, entertaining. A highlight of our... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This palace is a little bit different from the usual museums as the Marquis de Piro and his family still live there. We were shown round by a very good guide on the tour who gave us the very interesting history of this palace. I was particularly impressed by the chandeliers which were amazing! Also loved the charming courtyard complete... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely hidden gem and the owner who lives there is very proud of his house. The rooms are interesting as is the history and the underground wartime shelters cut out of the rock are worth going down.

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