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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 2 days ago

If you want to see how a maltese noble family lives, this is the place to see. If you have time on your hands spend a small break at their cafeteria

Thank 888Frederic
Reviewed 2 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this visit and especially seeing a genuine Maltese House. Lots of lovely family photos and ornaments to gaze at. Nice to have a family member to explain about the history of the place and answers questions. Lots to admire among the cupboards and...More

Thank Goldenwords
Reviewed 3 days ago

We assembled in the courtyard, where a large parrot sits (he has his own Twitter feed!). Our guide, Costas, was great. Knowledgeable and entertaining, he told us of the history, the family that still live in the house, and their connections to British royalty (they...More

1  Thank Twinkieboy
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The house runs guided tours on the hour and the tour lasts about 45 minutes. If you are interested in the history of Valetta and how upper crust Maltese lived, this is a great 'museum' for you. No bathroom on site, we were directed to...More

1  Thank purplgirl
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

One of the best places in Valletta. Definitely deserves a visit, it was lovely. Very polite staff and interesting presentation of the history :)

Thank zlatinap96
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful experience and a highlight in Valletta along with fort st Elmo , to be shown around 12 of the 53 rooms in this ancient town house traceable back to the original knights of St John. We took the last visit at 16:00...More

Thank dmaccallum63
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group visited this unique site; we were given a history of the island through the experiences of one family. The stories of Nicolas de Piro, the owner who had grown up in the house, and his wife made the house come alive. We also...More

1  Thank Ken L
Reviewed 1 week ago

9 eur to visit that house. The guide was very good. I saw and interesting things, an old things. And what is really interesting that people still live there so it was cool to see everything and to feel like you are in some movie...More

Thank Rimantė B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a great tour of the house with a small group of people with a lovely tour guide. Definitely, felt like I was walking back in time. My favorite parts were the garden, shelter and summer dining room due to various, unique factors to them....More

1  Thank swisslynne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the last tour of the day. Don't know if this contributed to the large size of the group, which was at least 25 people. This made it hard to accommodate everyone in the rooms while the guide was speaking. It also meant...More

Thank Aparna R
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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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