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“Stupendous Attraction”
Review of Casa Rocca Piccola

Casa Rocca Piccola
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Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes
Ranked #5 of 90 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 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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“Stupendous Attraction”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

We visited this year for the second time. Our guide was a well informed and very pleasant young lady who helped the visit come alive with stories of the family. The furnishings and items on show really are stupendous. On the way out we met the owner Nicholas who happened to be going out shopping. He took time out to talk to us at length about the history of the family and his wartime experiences and those of his family. It brigntened up an otherwise cold and damp day.

Visited March 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Entering the Casa Rocca Piccola is like walking in live history.
In addition to the authenticity of the furniture, the pictures, the dishes and the design, the experience is like living the life of aristocracy from previous centuries.
It's better than a museum.
The guide was superb - highly recommended to anyone who is in the city.

Visited March 2013
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Lubeck, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2013

An old palazzi. Great historic place. Wonderful furnished.
Would like to live there. You feel like sharing the place with the owners.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Gernrode
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Willemstad, Curacao
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“Good to see”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Really nice to visit, it tells a lot about the history of Malta, good area to visit and a nice walk through Malta, can recommend it...

Visited March 2013
Thank Lyn D
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Bottom of a mountain Scotland
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We had a private tour with the owner of this beautiful home before it officially opened to the public for the day. It is a really interesting place and the stories that he told us were fascinating. An absolute must see if you are in Malta, I will always have fond memories for this gracious man and his beautiful house.

Visited October 2012
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