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Casa Rocca Piccola

74 Republic Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
+356 2122 1499
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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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74 Republic Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
+356 2122 1499
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are lucky the Marquis of Piro will personally lead you through their palazzo and tell you stories about the fascinating objects, furniture and paintings and photographs. This is definitely a top attraction in this history-rich city that will both educate and delight you.

Thank AZCUthere
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A friend recommended this tour to me and if you love this kind of thing, you will enjoy this! Be sure to descend into the bomb shelter! A very eerie feeling to think of being there without the lights!

Thank Wendylr
Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb guided tour which gave a superb insight into the lives of past and present noble families. Lots of interesting facts, rooms and objects. Concludes with a very steep set of steps into the former public and family air raid shelters.

Thank Pablo_Sulty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very atypical house to visit, a breath of fresh air in Valletta. The young girl doing the tour was very interesting to listen to. If you have extra time in Valletta I recommend that you take a look.

Thank mckay_gunn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a small house but with original residents' furnitures, interesting objects and stories to go with them. I would recommend if you have an hour to spare.

Thank Holiday99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house in close proximity to the Palace in Valletta is a gem; belongs to Malta's nobility and you can trace back the period of the Knights until recent history as it has a bomb shelter constructed in the mid 30s. Excellent tour over 1...More

Thank leonardm65
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This house besides being a museum is also a perfect example of the way of life of Maltese nobleman. Here one can view an example of Maltese furniture. One can appreciate the craftsmanship of Maltese carpenters and keep in mind that these wooden masterpieces were...More

Thank anto1756
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thought it was a nice tour, guide was super friendly...I saw some art objects that really interested me ...

Thank amy c
MartinMalta, Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small living museum, home to the de Piro family, is a 16th Century Palazzo. Houses family collections and an archive which reflects the history of Malta. Part of the tour is conducted by the very warm and down to earth patriarch of the family....More

Thank dianne22
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

I want to say that it is very obvious that the house had better days. I'm not only talking about the house bad shape and conditions, but also there are visible spots where dirt can be seen........not appropriate for a attraction. Must be correctly maintained.

Thank Oscar M
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11 October 2015|
Response from MartinMalta | Property representative |
Yes. The restaurant in the building is called La Giara and opens at 11am for lunch and dinner. There are bathrooms in the restaurant.