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. Use our Valletta online journey planner to visit Casa Rocca Piccola on your trip to Valletta, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This magnificent 16th-century palace of a noble Maltese family is the only privately-owned palazzo open to the public and definitely a “must see.” Owned by the Marquis de Piro, the family lives...  more »
  • Every country , every city has mansions....nothing spectacular here! If we were to visit every place that boasts of opulence....I would prefer to do so in Florence!!  more »
  • I visited Casa Rocca Piccola during the Carnival and little did I expect so much pleasure from a visit. There were about fifteen of us from six or seven different countries. The guided tour was...  more »
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  • Really nice tour. We had luck to be toured by the owner, old chap, so everything was more personal. He used words like "my grandfather" which just added to a more personal feeling. If it was not a tour with the owner, I guess it would not be so interesting. Tour was in perfect English. I would definitely recommend it if you are lucky to have such a great host as we did.
  • Didn't expect to like it so much!! Very impressive house that helps you transfer in different times...you are learning a lot of interesting things about the rich people of Malta and we also took amazing photos from the inside! It was really interesting!! Staff was very helpful and explained everything very well!! Make sure you go it really worth it!!! And you will also meet kiku the parrot at the entrance!!!
  • You will see many architectural splendors in Valletta just by walking in the street. But take the time to visit this house for an insight on the life of the nobles. Take the tour of course (I think it starts every hour) for 45mn. The garden is lovely. The rooms richly decorated. The bomb shelters are unbelievable!
  • What a hidden gem in the heart of Valetta! A genuine family home and a wealth of history stored in the lovely rooms. Not too much walking for those who find the grands palaces hard to cope with, though be warned there are lots of steps. The delightful garden is an ideal place to rest for a while and take some photos.
  • This is still a privately owned and lived in family home which is open to the public. Entrance and tours are strictly limited and you must stay in the same room as the guide at all times. A good example of a traditional wealthy maltese house from the past. There's a WWII air-raid shelter in the courtyard too.

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