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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Casa Rocca Piccola

Casa Rocca Piccola
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Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes
Ranked #4 of 87 things to do in Valletta
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Wellington NZ
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“Love noble house”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Full of personal and historical memorabilia and art from a family who still live in the house. I enjoyed seeing the remnants of history in a house that was once lived in n the days of the Knights of St John.

Visited October 2012
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“Very nice - shame we missed the gift shop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

After a visit at the Knights Hospital we were making our way, back through the streets of Valletta to catch the bus back to the hotel and happened upon Casa Rocca Piccola. We were lucky enough to be just in time for the last tour (4pm) of that particular day and decided to join it. I had actually noticed reviews of the house on trip advisor before we went to Malta and had a fair idea that it would be worth a look. The tour cost 9 euros per adult, was conducted in English and lasted about an hour or so. There were only 8 or 10 people in our group which was more than enough. We had the honour of seeing both the lady and gentleman of the house – not forgetting about the beautiful parrot who was indoors on our particular visit. Our tour guide was a lovely lady who did an excellent job and we thoroughly enjoyed the visit here. The palace is absolutely beautiful - the art, furniture, crockery and ornaments are lovely and the history of the house is very well told. The courtyard was very pretty and the bomb shelters are just an amazing sight. Unfortunately the gift shop was closed when we finished our tour which made no sense whatsoever.

Visited October 2012
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“A maltese upper class home still lived in”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

An excellent guide made this a fascinating place to visit. The family are Maltese upper class but very much citizens of Europe and their home is an eclectic mix from across the continent.

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting palace to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

Excellent guided tour - our guide had previously worked in Portsmouth. The history of the house and family was fascinating.
A beautiful, cool courtyard.

Visited October 2012
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“Friendly House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

We were shown around by the current head of the family a very jovial gentleman who stressed that this was not a museum but a living lived in house but a relic non the less. What a wonderful collection of art, furniture, silver etc. A real joy to be shown around. I only wish I could have met his elderly mother I am sure she must be a very interesting person.

Visited October 2012
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