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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  • August 12, 2017
    A friend recommended this tour to me and if you love this kind of thing, you will enjoy this! Be sure to descend into the bomb shelter! A very eerie feeling to think of being there without the lights!  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Superb guided tour which gave a superb insight into the lives of past and present noble families. Lots of interesting facts, rooms and objects. Concludes with a very steep set of steps into the former...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Interesting House., has its name thanks to an Italian Admiral of the order of san Juan. Palace with history and illustrate a bit of antiquity and history of the country. The price of the ticket €9 has seemed excessive.
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  • June 9, 2017
    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.
  • December 26, 2016
    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.
  • June 26, 2017
    Interesting tour into private lives of a local noble family
  • October 22, 2016
    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.
  • August 23, 2016
    This home has lots of antique books, paintings, and furniture. The underground bomb shelter is impressively large. I was greeted by a parrot.

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Where to stay in Valletta

The small city of Valetta offers fewer lodging options than some of Malta's larger cities, but accommodations include everything from upscale hotels to less-expensive guesthouses. Stay in the city center at one of several old-fashioned hotels to be in close proximity to sights like St. Johns Co-Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, multiple museums, and a wide variety of restaurants. One fun option involves renting traditional Valletta houses that have been converted into rental properties and date back to the time of the Knights of Malta. Smaller bed and breakfasts are dispersed throughout the city. Book well in advance to avoid high prices.
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