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“A Gem!”
Review of Casa Rocca Piccola

Casa Rocca Piccola
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$85.89*
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Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes
Ranked #5 of 96 things to do in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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 which was carried around Valletta by Turkish slaves! 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.
Reviewed March 2, 2013

This is splendid. Not a museum but a private residence open to the public that gives a glimpse of the history of Maltese nobility. The air raid shelter alone is worth the entrance fee. Highly recommended - much better than all those "multi-media" shows that attempt to give you a taste of Maltese history. Like Coke, this is the real thing!

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MartinMalta, Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2013

Thank you for your kind words. That's a compliment to be compared to Coke!

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

A privately owned and currently lived in stately home the visit is hosted by an extremely charming and knowledgeable guide who takes you through all the open rooms of the home as well as the actual bomb shelters used during the Second World War.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Loved this house. We had to wait a bit for our tour to start as our guide was showing some Maltese ladies round and they talk! They ended their tour with the owner who then showed our group the underground cistern that had been turned into a bomb shelter. A lovely gracious man. The house is amazing and it is lovely that it is still lived in, even the parts that you see have family photos all over the place and some wonderful artwork. The central courtyard is wonderful and presided over by a parrot who we were sure said "hello" as we entered. The shop is also well stocked with interesting books on Malta ,Maltese history, walks etc.

3  Thank Catherine W
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

We have visited other private residences open to the public in Malta and Gozo but this one gives us the closest feel to life in more leisured times. The guide is most helpful and friendly and the riches on display are well worth the visit. Go for it!

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

I enjoyed the tour through this wonderful home. Mick's wonderful knowledge of both the family and Malta were fascinating. It is so nice to see this wonderful home open to the public as well as being preserved.

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