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Casa Rocca Piccola, Valletta
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View a living museum within the only privately owned palace open to the public in town at Casa Rocca Piccola. Built in the 16th century for Don Pietro La Rocca, a knight of Malta, the home now acts as the ancestral gathering place of the 9th Marquis de Piro and his family. The home is still inhabited and hosts family get-togethers on holidays and other special occasions. Walk through its twelve rooms, including two dining rooms, a private family chapel, and a bedroom. Check out the archive room that contains family records and documents dating back to the 17th century. Take a guided tour to get a glimpse into the home's World War II history, when it protected over 100 people in its underground network of tunnels during the Nazi bombings. To visit Casa Rocca Piccola and other attractions in Valletta, use our Valletta itinerary planner.
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  • This palace is a little bit different from the usual museums as the Marquis de Piro and his family still live there. We were shown round by a very good guide on the tour who gave us the very interesti...  more »
  • A lovely hidden gem and the owner who lives there is very proud of his house. The rooms are interesting as is the history and the underground wartime shelters cut out of the rock are worth going down. 
  • I saw this in a guide book and it was on the way to Fort St Elmo. There are only guided tours, and in this instance it was by a cousin of the Marquis, who lives in the house, and I believe that if you...  more »
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  • Casa rocca piccola is a gem in Valletta. The owner gave us the tour of his beautiful house, explaining the history of Malta and the one of his family. It's was extremely interesting.
  • Four of us popped in on a Saturday (mid April) around 7pm without a reservation, were shown to a table (tables quite spaced and 'private' by Maltese standards) and within a minute were served our drinks. Wine list surprisingly not on the expensive side. Food ordered was served fast too. Most had different cuts of steak, and was cooked as instructed, including the standard sauces. When a Sicilian offers you the Caponata, you take the Caponata. This was taken as the main's side dish, and was beyond perfect. Desserts seems to be 'fatti in casa', been a while since I had a Millefoglie this good.
  • This home has lots of antique books, paintings, and furniture. The underground bomb shelter is impressively large. I was greeted by a parrot.
  • The tour folks are great.
  • Impeccably kept historic noble house with a really fascinating tour. The underground war shelters are a great bonus!