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Casa Rocca Piccola, Valletta

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
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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  • We did a tour of this incredible palazzo that has been part of this family's history since the 1800s. Our guide was none other than the current head of the de Piro family. He is a delightful and warm ...  more »
  • We found this palace a welcome relief from the crowds in Valletta. We waited in the courtyard for our tour to start and admired the Macaw preening in the corner. The tours of the house are conducted b...  more »
  • Arrived for morning opening and really enjoyed the lively tour given by the owner. A Maltese noble family and a marquis with an exceptional sense of humour. Outstanding rooms , outstanding antique fur...  more »
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  • Worth visiting! The house has so much history in it, this place is worth discovering. We also had an amazing tour guide. Tours every hour.
  • We just walked by and took a chance. It was the most enjoyable hour we've spent so far on Malta. You get a unique perspective on Maltese history told through one families history. It was so enlightening. Our tour guide was the owner himself. He was a joy to listen to. Very informative, passionate and funny too! Do not miss this gem.
  • 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.
  • This home has lots of antique books, paintings, and furniture. The underground bomb shelter is impressively large. I was greeted by a parrot.
  • The voice of the lady of the house is very informative and enjoyable