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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 2 days ago via mobile

A visit to Casa Rocca Piccola is not to be missed. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the life and home of an elite Maltese family, who still live there. The guide was excellent and knowledgeable, despite it being her first day at work. A remarkable...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Fascinating for me. Palace from the sixteenth century belonging to the knight of the order. The knight of the Malatný monastery who built this palace was not very modest and that is why we have such a beautiful architectural monument. The Valletta Palace is the...More

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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are glad to know that you enjoyed your visit! Thanks

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great opportunity to see inside one of the city's houses, especially one that has period furnishings and is in good condition. Our guide was excellent and told us just enough about the most interesting items. A beautiful house.

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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your kind review.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful family home giving you an idea of how the rich lived, and also astonishing underground bunker built during the war. A must visit!

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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We happened by just as a tour was starting. What a hidden gem. Nicholas the owner was a real gent (and nobleman!). He shared his home and its past history and secrets in a fascinating hour with warmth and humour. Loved it. Highly recommended.

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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your good review!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nicholas who started talking to us as we were waiting to get tickets turns out to be a Duke and the owner of this fantastic house. It is full of furniture, collections and portraits that have been in the property for generations. The water cistern...More

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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of my favourite places to visit in Valletta. It is great that you can go inside and see a lived in house with such historical connections. The rooms are beautiful and contain lots of interesting treasures. There is pretty courtyard garden to...More

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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for this wonderful review.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house in Valletta was built by one of the thousands of Knights of the Order of St John who feature strongly in the Island's because they successfully defended it from invasion by the Ottoman Empire. It is still occupied today by the descendants who...More

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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your opinion !

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My word what a find! On our way to Fort St. Elmo and we pass this house. 1400 tour, only 10 a tour and you see why, beautiful rooms. The tour guides are unbelievably knowledgeable, well they would be as they own and still live...More

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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you ! We are glad to know that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gentleman who owns the home gave us a guided tour, he shared interesting stories about the house, his family history and Malta. One story he shared was connected to Our Lady of Ta' Pinu Basilica on Gozo and how his ancestor gave them some...More

Thank Sarah N
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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind review!

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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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