Casa Rocca Piccola
Casa Rocca Piccola
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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. 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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  • Judy M
    London, United Kingdom15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem in the heart of Valetta.
    A wonderful gem in the heart of Valetta, oozing with history. David, the tour guide, was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Definitely recommend going round the house with him, as he’ll bring the story to life.
    David a great guide and we are happy you enjoyed the visit with him.
    Written 16 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Elga K
    Brisbane, Australia19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful mansion on a busy Valletta street
    A marvelous old mansion off a narrow street in the old town of Valleta. The tour cost 9.5 euro each with guide Angelina, who was an extremely knowledgeable and pretty student from the UK. The courtyard had a magnificient talking parrot. The rooms were full of great paintings, statues and artifacts.
    Thanks very much for your kind review. Yes Angelina is a a very knowledgeable guide and we are so happy you enjoyed the tour.
    Written 15 August 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Ellulje
    Dublin, Ireland158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palazzo city life
    Beautiful and homely palazzo. You get a sense of intruding in a family home as you wander each room with eclectic treasures collected over the years. I loved the wonderful art that spans the centuries that rub shoulders with family photographs that adorn every room. Don’t forget to say hello to Kiku the parrot and sit in the garden to wonder at the hidden treasure withi the bustling city. It
    Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are very happy you appreciated your visit.
    Written 14 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 August 2023
  • WorldTrippeuse
    Paris, France51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very Nice stop for people who loves castle’s stories
    Leah is a very nice guide with a lot of humour. She speaks fast which might be a little bit difficult for non native english speakers. However the Casa and the story is absolutely interesting Worth the visit. Be ready to spent sometimes by yourself as the tour with the guide is around 30 min but which gives you essential informations to walk by your own. The garden is very beautiful and the caves too.
    Thank you for your kind review. Leah is very enthusiastic about Casa Rocca Piccola and sometimes she gets carried away so I will ask her to slow down as you suggested. We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit and thank you for visiting us.
    Written 14 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Tirren
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    We visited and took part in the guided tour with Leah. Leah provided lots of interesting information about the building, family, and Maltese history. The home itself is beautiful and still lived in, so very interesting to be able to see. We also enjoyed seeing the WWII bomb shelters below the home, and meeting the parrot Kiku!
    Thank you! Leah is a wonderful guide and we are so happy you enjoyed your tour.
    Written 14 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • ABC
    South East England, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Absolutely Fantastic Guided Tour
    I cannot recommend the guided tour highly enough, we had a guide named David who was brilliant, he was clearly passionate not only about the history of the building and family, but also of Malta itself. He answered many questions the group asked him perfectly, he was truly a fountain of knowledge. The house is full of historic treasures such as shoes from four popes. This Museum I recommend very highly indeed to anyone interested in the history of Malta, the Knights of St John are also very much a part of this tour, so if they interest you this tour is for you.
    Thank you. Yes, David is one of our best guides and you described him perfectly as a fountain of knowledge. However it is his enthusiasm for his subject and his grasp of the interesting details that makes his tours come alive and we are truly lucky to have him working for us. Long may it continue!
    Written 17 January 2024
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    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 September 2023
  • otl
    Welwyn, United Kingdom164 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    We visited on a very hot afternoon, and the palazzo gave us some light relief from the heat. The internal courtyard was very peaceful and cool. We had a guided tour which was quite interesting to put the house into its historical context. The decor is interesting, if not to our taste, and the house could probably do with some restoration. However, it was fascinating to see the tunnels and caves under the place which kept people safe during the war.
    Thank you for this kind review. We make a big effort to keep the house perfect but there is always more to do! We are glad you enjoyed the house and the shelters and that the garden kept you cool!
    Written 17 January 2024
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    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • SMC
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A privilege to visit
    It was such a privilege to visit Palazzo Rocca Piccola. We found it by accident and it was the highlight of our visit to Valletta. It's a beautiful family home, full of historic and aesthetic interest. The Marquis and Marchesa de Piro were present when we visited and were so charming and friendly. We would highly recommend it.
    Thank you! It was a privilege to host you here! Highlight of your visit to Valletta...we are blushing :)
    Written 17 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 November 2023
  • David Sivocha
    Stafford, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic living house with incredible history. Worth a visit
    We chanced across Casa Rocca Piccola while wandering the streets of Valetta and took a punt on having a look. First impressions were of a beautiful house with incredible art and a very definite sense of history about it. The WW2 bunker was fascinating in and of itself buried under the garden in the house (the entrance next to the beautiful parrot that lives in the garden). The tour through the house itself is just gorgeous. Every room a fascinating display of art, photos and documents and memories that are clearly treasured by the owner (Nicholas and his family). Beautiful treasures on display! But unlike a traditional museum, this house is living history! Still lived in, loved and maintained! Frankly the entire place was stunning! But the highlight for me was meeting Nicholas and his daughter, and hearing from him a great many stories about the house and its occupants. Hearing firsthand, from him the stories behind photographs and paintings in the place was the absolute best part of the experience for me, and all from a chance encounter in the house! He is a wonderful gentleman with incredible stories and it was a genuine privilege to meet him and talk to him! Thank you Nicholas for making it a truly special experience for me!
    Thank you so much for this kind review and we are truly humbled by your praise. Yes Nicholas and his daughter are a delight to talk to and we are so pleased that you appreciate what we do here.
    Written 17 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 November 2023
  • Rumbi E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Living History Experience
    The site includes a beautiful garden space where you can sit and enjoy a moment of peace, fascinating bomb shelters that are 100 feet underground and the beautiful house that has so much history and character. What a fantastic way to show and share the stories that make history relatable. Special thanks to Marquis de Piro Nicholas and his daughter. The Marquis took time to share some personal stories which really brought the paintings, the books, the whole house to life!
    Thank you for this kind review and we are so happy that you enjoyed your visit.
    Written 17 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 November 2023
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Sally T
Swansea County, UK87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Casa Rocca Piccola is an absolutely fascinating place to visit, so much interesting history, beautiful decor and unusual items! We had an excellent guided tour from Matthias, that took around 45 minutes. He was very informative but not over the top, and was happy to answer our (numerous!) questions.

We visited the second floor rooms, and even met the current Marquis who lives there.

In the courtyard, we met Kiku the parrot and explored the air raid shelter.

After our tour, we went back round again as we wanted more time to look at the books in the archive and library.

A really lovely and unusual place to visit, thoroughly recommend.
Written 30 June 2024
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MKFinchie
Milton Keynes506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Our favourite place we visited in Malta. It came up in my pre-trip research and then a friend recommended it too. It's quite unassuming on the outside, doesn't look like a grand house. However, what a wonderful place. I love historical houses but this felt different to the norm and even my husband who's not usually so keen, enjoyed this, as did my 20something daughter.
It's still lived in by the Marquis de Piro, whose family have owned it for centuries. It's packed full of antiques, curiosities and art, including lots of modern art which made it feel like the house was still evolving. The wall colours were quite bold choices in places and with hand painted embellishment, which made it feel quite quirky. There were lots of rooms to visit and an inside courtyard, everywhere packed with things to look at. Even a little chapel behind a curtain in one room.
Outside there was a small but pretty courtyard garden with a fountain containing 2 terrapins and a stunning macaw, plus some seating.
In the middle of the courtyard, a set of steps led down to the WW2 bomb shelters. I wouldn't normally be that interested in bomb shelters but they were a complete surprise and very impressive. There was a complete maze of corridors and 'rooms' going down deeper and deeper.
A very pleasant afternoon. Absolutely loved this house and would definitely recommend a visit if in Valletta.
Written 23 June 2024
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WildDrinker
Athens, Greece76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
A very nice place to visit. The property belongs to the same family for generations, so you get that feeling. Every room and every corridor has a story to tell.
We found the cost of the ticket just a little bit overpriced, especially if you are going to compare it with others in the area.
A huge plus though is the opportunity you have to meet the owner, we were lucky enough to meet him. He was very polite, friendly and knowledgeable!
A place toy visit, especially if you like old houses full of history!
Written 13 June 2024
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Yvonne O
The Netherlands623 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Such an interesting building, especially underground. I loved the collections in the building and the rooms.
Don't bother downloading the app for the audio tour, it didn't work for us. Better to ask for the laminated information cards they still have at reception. Exact same text as the audio tour but actually usable.
Written 24 May 2024
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brutcj_2009
London, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We stayed for 5 nights and had the most wonderful experience! We were staying in a suite, the Cosimo Suite, and it was a beautiful set of rooms, as you can see below, with fabulous period furniture and the most comfortable bed. We were even asked before we arrived what kind of mattress we preferred!
Casa Rocca Piccola is a palazzo dating back to the 16th century and staying there was like being in a living museum surrounded by beauty. This sensation was heightened by the fascinating guided tour provided by the owner.
Breakfasts in the garden were tasteful and the staff were unfailingly helpful.
All in all a real treat and a fabulous introduction to Malta and Valletta!
Written 20 May 2024
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Shelly96
Kendal, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I found Casa Rocca Picolla via Tripadvisor and it did not disappoint. Our guide Danielle was brilliant, telling us the history of the house through the years and she was more than happy to answer all the questions I had about the house.
The family still live in the house so it is really a living museum. The artefacts in each room had a great story behind each one.
The air raid shelters were just as interesting as the main house.
I would recommend this tour though if you wish you can wander around on your own without a guide, but would highly suggest booking on the tour as it is so informative.
Written 19 May 2024
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Peter64
Worcester. England36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Casa Rocca Piccola is a wonderful historic palazzo in the heart of Valletta with thought provoking WW2 air raid shelters accessible from the garden, which protected thousands of locals from intense bombing.
The palazzo is still the family home of the 9th Marquis de Piro and contains a lot of amazing items from the British Royalty, Maltese Nobility, the Vatican and Catholic Church as well as the Knights of St. John and it’s modern day incarnation as The Sovereign Military Order of of Malta.
When we went the Marquis was at home and greeting visitors to his house and explaining the history and significance of his family items.
Written 9 May 2024
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Tessiett
Brisbane, Australia301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
When we first walked past this attraction thought it was another typical tourist rip off but after consulting my trip advisor bible we decided to do a tour. What a lovely glimpse into the aristocracy life in Valletta through the ages. Filled with marvelous old relics and the families historic past, be it family in clergy and interaction with the Bristol royal family. Thank u for opening your home so I can see history in a family setting. A definite must see.
Written 6 May 2024
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Peter
Hartlepool, UK723 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is a must see when in Valletta, it is a unique opportunity to see the Palace of a member of the Maltese nobility. The family live in the Palace indeed we saw the current Marquises de Piro in the Palace. If you can try and make it for the 4pm guided tour , you will get more out of your visit if you do.
Written 27 April 2024
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David V
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a great guided tour of this house. A remarkable home with family photos and collections on show. 9 generations of one family and we said hello to the owner who still lives there. The old water cisterns converted into bomb shelter are an experience. Well worth a visit
Written 23 April 2024
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