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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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  • The guided tour of Casa Rocca Piccola, allows to realize really of life and history over the centuries, of a noble family in the capital city of Malta. The tour made by the talented English-speaking guide, Kostas is even more facilitated by his knowledge of Greek and Italian. Currently in addition to rooms, paintings, portraits, you can visit the underground shelters along the 100 steps cut into the rock. The ticket price is €9 for adults and €5 for children, free under 14 years.
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  • This house in close proximity to the Palace in Valletta is a gem; belongs to Malta's nobility and you can trace back the period of the Knights until recent history as it has a bomb shelter constructed...  more »
  • One place of a genuine old family Maltese located at the heart of the city of Valletta to the 74 Republic Street built 1580, still inhabited, where you can visit a dozen pieces of different styles too bad we were guided in English but this person was very courteous very pretty little patio that lets wait for the visit you can be greeted by the Parrot of the House really discover
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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.
  • Interesting tour into private lives of a local noble family
  • 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.

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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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