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Address: 74 Republic Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
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+356 2122 1499
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting Valletta...

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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We opted for the last visit on the Saturday we were in Valletta and were treated to a private tour. Our guide was a charming and very knowledgable student architect with whom it... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We opted for the last visit on the Saturday we were in Valletta and were treated to a private tour. Our guide was a charming and very knowledgable student architect with whom it was a pleasure to spend the hour's tour. It seemed as if we were being shown round by a friend of the family. The house is very... More 

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Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very informative tour with guides very knowledgeable and pleasant don't miss it!informed links to the history of the island

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visit today, much more than expected it to be. Tour was extremely informative, lovely guide. Beautiful, interesting place. Added bonus was the UNDERGROUND airraid shelter used to protect the family and the people of Malta during WW11. Tours every hour from 10am. Republic St, Valletta, Malta.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old very well kept house. Items in good condition, a unique house on the island With a souvenir shop not to be missed

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My 11- year old daughter and I truly enjoyed our 1 hour tour of this historic, living home. The owner and Maltese descendant was a good story teller and knew just the right amount of information to include in each room. His pride in his heritage comes through in his stories, and he makes you want to know more. My... More 

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Fakenham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great little gem that says nothing from the outside. The parrot in the closed courtyard and the ww2 bomb shelters are a real highlight. The tour guides are knowledgable and real bring this palace alive!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was great - lots to see and excelent guide service too. Every room had new treasures, paintings, books, furniture - all very very intersting. This being our first site visit with out maltapass - we only appreciated its full value as our sightseeing activities kept progressing. Highly recommended - do not miss !

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Liverpool, England, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seeing this beautiful house was a fabulous experience but the real pleasure came from being shown around by the owner - the Marchese himself who switched between English, French and Spanish with ease and was a fund of personal stories about his family and the history of the house. The dining room was so exquisite, I wish we could have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We happened to have this on our Trip Advisor list of places to visit. We are so glad we did! We were told that sometimes the owner is actually there and sometimes gives the guided tours himself. There were so many people wanting to get in, we Erie offered to buy our tickets and come back in an hour. As... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the Casa Rocca Piccola with a small group of people, and we had a guided tour (which I believe is the standard way to visit). The house is an old Maltese mansion, and also partly serves as an art gallery. Given the museum of Fine Arts in Malta is now closed to the public, it is a good... More 

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