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Casa Rocca Piccola

74 Republic Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
+356 2122 1499
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Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes
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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 today

We visited the historic Casa Rocca Piccola on our recent trip to Valletta. It was basically a few doors up the hill from where we stayed so we walked past it every day on our way to various places. The tour cost from memory approx...More

Thank Poguie
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were greeted by the Marquis who made us feel very welcome. It is a place that combines the global with the trivia of everyday life. 45 minutes well spent.

Thank Poppyisonthemove
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was a pleasure to meet the Marquis in the courtyard prior to our tour (and we met him later that evening while dining at La Giara). The history as well as the ongoing maintenance and restoration of the innumerable historic art works and treasures...More

Thank Diana15241
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had an enthusiastic guide who taught us very much about the interesting artifacts and furnishings. The home has a beautiful courtyard. It’s easy to find and a nice tour while staying in Valletta.

Thank JPSWashington_DC
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a lovely building belonging to an old aristocratic family. It is quite opulent and has all the trappings of wealth. It offers private and guided tours and you cannot help but be amazed by the beautiful objects, such as furnishings, furniture, paintings and...More

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a scorching day the courtyard garden where you wait for the tours was a cooler oasis with some shade. Say 'hello' to Kiku the parrot and you may get a reply, but observe the rules! The Palazzo was an interesting historical tour of...More

Thank Myke C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been to Valletta many times over the years, but did not know of this little gem, down the bottom end of Republic Street. We arrived just before the midday tour, and we were fortunate to be in time to see and speak to the...More

Thank Lilian S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a tour of this incredible palazzo that has been part of this family's history since the 1800s. Our guide was none other than the current head of the de Piro family. He is a delightful and warm raconteur, relating stories of his family's...More

Thank RuthandCharles C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this palace a welcome relief from the crowds in Valletta. We waited in the courtyard for our tour to start and admired the Macaw preening in the corner. The tours of the house are conducted by the owners and while it is a...More

Thank Cheryl B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived for morning opening and really enjoyed the lively tour given by the owner. A Maltese noble family and a marquis with an exceptional sense of humour. Outstanding rooms , outstanding antique furniture but even more enthralling were the paintings and photographs of previous generations...More

Thank vessi80
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Is there an eating place and toilets.
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.