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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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“beautiful house” (32 reviews)
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74 Republic Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
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"bomb shelter"
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"beautiful house"
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"noble family"
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"air raid"
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"family history"
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"champagne tour"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited so many stately homes in the UK, only come across one other in Scotland where we were shown round by the family -which makes the tour far more interesting as it is not just a collection of things in a museum but a story...More

Thank Akbrad
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a great tour of this palatial building. Extremely interesting not only because of the history of the building but also the extensive collection of bits and ends that this family have amassed over the time. Our guide was very pleasant and took her...More

Thank Mangomotte
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

After reading the information on the website I was keen to visit this property which promised to be interesting and unique. Up to a point this is true, and the details of the family history gave us a good insight into the social mores and...More

Thank Sue Y
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Casa Rocca Piccola is sited on Republic street. From the Triton fountain it is approx 800m. Look out for the Toy museum on the opposite side of the road as a marker. Open from 10.00am daily there is guided tours on the hour. Prices are...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We started our morning out by visiting Casa Rocca Piccola right when they opened for the first tour of the day. While waiting in the garden for the tour to start, the Marquise himself came out with his parrot, who hangs out in the garden...More

Thank Steven C
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MartinMalta, Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind review.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What makes this place special is that the owners still live there, and it shows in a wonderful way. Unlike other historical palaces or houses which are frankly kind of sterile, this place has life in it. There were personal effects like Christmas cards from...More

Thank BenDRL
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great expirience and a must see if visiting Valetta but hard work with very young kids as it is a guided tour. You get to see a lived in noble Maltese palace as well as WW2 shelters and really do learn much not just about...More

Thank Dominik L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This 450 year old house has a long history of nobility as residents and is still inhabited. The guided tours are excellent with well informed polite guides. The interiors are varied and fascinating. A friendly macaw in the garden keeps you company whilst awaiting the...More

Thank Stephen A
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MartinMalta, Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. Kiku (our Macaw) is an integral part of our team and loves company!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found this gem of a casa quite by chance whilst walking down the street. We were so lucky that the owner himself did our tour.it was really fascinating hearing from him first hand about his family’s history. The house is a gem and the...More

Thank mojosa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great historic Casa Rocca Piccola - home of the 9th Marquis de Piro in the main street of Valletta. Owned by his family since the 16th century. Can only say it is historic, grand, beautiful and loved deaerly by the current Marquis and his family....More

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vivash
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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.
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