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Casa Rocca Piccola

74 Republic Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
+356 2122 1499
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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 6 days ago

We called in here as it was raining outside, so glad we did as it's a splendid old house with lots of rooms and great guides who have a wealth of information. There is also a cellar which has a very narrow entrance but with...More

1  Thank Parx2012
Reviewed 1 week ago

For many people, Malta is considered a one day stop because they think there is nothing to see there. I have wanted to visit Malta all my life. It is a beautiful island however much changed due to online gambling. For those travelers who want...More

Thank John M D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here at opening time 1st tour [the only way to see around] of this 16th century house of a noble Maltese Family that still own and live in the house. I was in particular luck as the guides are usually students but due to...More

2  Thank wahaejock
Reviewed 1 week ago

A rare and beautiful house, still lived-in by the aristocratic de Piro family who sometimes show visitors round. The quite charming house references Malta's history and the de Piro family have been prominent in Malta's history since the 17th century.

Thank malcolm85
Reviewed 1 week ago

Previous reviews of this residence had convinced us to make this a must on our itinerary. This exquisite private unconverted palace is an absolute gem and is the home of the 9th Marquis de Piro and his family. Our guide was the Marquis himself who...More

3  Thank tina12342017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to see for everyone who's interested in history of Malta and more. Lots of great details and amazing dungeon. Good tour guide.

1  Thank Pawel S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really interesting house with lots of history about the family and Malta. Our guide was a family member who was very welcoming and friendly. Certainly worth a visit. From talking to others it seems the family is often around and very welcoming. Well worth...More

Thank Frank C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely house, with a very pretty courtyard; the guide was very knowledgeable and very patient. it is well worth a visit, out of the heat!

Thank mandarina55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the tour of the house but we had an excellent lady as a guide - the underground tunnels were also interesting - used as shelter in the wars

Thank Trevor H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing stories about a maltese family and the maltese history. And a cute parrot! Money well spent. In my opinion, a visitor will benefit from reading something about the maltese history in advance.

Thank simolasiiri
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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.