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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A well lived-in house full of history and stories. Every available place and space is filled/covered with momentos and collectables.

Thank Cholseyman132
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The place is so full of personal items that are also pieces of history that you really cannot leave untouched by the visit. Moreso, the guide we had was warm and explained so many things that we almost felt a part of the household. The...More

Thank 942wanderlust
Reviewed 5 days ago

We arrived just in time to start an hourly tour; we waited in the beautiful courtyard with a very verbal parrot! The tour guide was very informative and passionate about this beautiful building. Originally an Auberge for a Knight of St. John, it has been...More

Thank CheekyLondon
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The house is one of those originally built in the period following 1565. There are underground tunnels as well as the house to visit. The tunnels have been used for various different uses over the last hundreds of years. There is an hourly guided tour...More

Thank Jmahg
Reviewed 1 week ago

The guide was very informative and overall the tour was interesting in relation to the mobile altar, water shortages and war bunkers. The house was furnished in period items and the story of the family and them sitting on the bay window alcove to be...More

Thank bloomingflowers1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were fortunate enough to have the owner giving us the tour of the Casa and what a guide he was!! This casa is steeped in history and is the only one left in Valletta that is inhabited by the family. The casa is full...More

Thank Deejj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Much, much more interesting and delightful than we expected for a palace tour. Don't miss it--and hope you get the family patriarch as your guide.

Thank Mary F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting tour. Very easy to find in valleta. Its in a main Street of valleta. At winter time there aren't so many tourists. Guided tours starts from 10 to 16-17 pm winter time, Every hour .our guide spoke very good English.

Thank Šarūnė S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour guide welcomed us into the family home with insightful comments and stories with great ease. The private collection, spanning centuries is well-displayed showing artwork, furniture, costume, relics and family connections. Our group were very impressed with this experience, comparing it directly with the...More

Thank KatySpinach
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Casa Rocca Piccola is a small delight in the centre of Valletta. Best to sort out times of tours as this is only way of seeing it. Not a large number of rooms but interesting and when history taken into account, exceptional. Bomb shelter underneath...More

Thank Robert B
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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.