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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 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.
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74 Republic Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
+356 2122 1499
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Reviewed yesterday

What beautiful house dating from 16th Century ,not huge but very intresting and still the family in residenc.Lots of steps and nookd and crannies .Staff very knowledgeable and good English .Bomb shelter very interesting .Leave about an hour for visit , just at end of...More

Thank pmar2uk
Reviewed 3 days ago

We called in here on our last day and were so pleased we had. The Marquis was our guide and he told some wonderful stories as we went around the palazzo. I could have listened to him all day. The courtyard waiting area was pretty...More

Thank dancingassassin
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were shown around the casa by the count himself. His gentle and courteous manner adds so much to his anecdotes that the whole experience is a joy. The casa is full of wonderful slices of history and you will share the counts pleasure as...More

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Full to the brim with interest and character, our visit was greay enhanced by the tour which was guided by the Baron and Baroness. Full of information and good humour, they are rightfully proud of this lovely house and all its history and treasures

Thank Mirandares
Reviewed 1 week ago

This historical palace is a gem. The house has hardly changed over the years. The cisterns were reused as bombshelter during WWII sheltering to 300 people. The house itself still has a lot of original rooms and the original furnishing

Thank BillemonM
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So if you’ve never seen a classic Maltese nobleman’s villa and you’re seeing this place as part of a bigger tour, you’ll probably enjoy it. The courtyard and war shelter were cool. I visited after doing a larger tour in the Valletta area and I’m...More

Thank Broheme
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An actual (part of) a palace. A marquis lives there. Seriously. Nice tour. You get to see and learn a lot. Don’t miss it.

Thank nikos k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go and spend an hour here if you want to get a feel for a Maltese family of means over time. tt's a nice visit and full of artifacts worth looking at

Thank Getitright212
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The home was very nice and it was interesting to see into the house of a nobleman. As it is still used today (we even met the marquis, who is living there at the moment) it gave a really personal touch to it. Although a...More

Thank Tauri V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice tour of a traditional Valetta noble palace from the 16th century which is still being used today. The best part of the tour is when you enter the WW II bomb shelters cut into the rock beneath the house.

Thank Megsbda70
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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.

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