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Casa Rocca Piccola, Valletta

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Historic Site
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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  • An interesting tour guided by a charming young girl, smiling and cultivated. This isn't a princely abode but it has the charm of historic sites still inhabited. Is the best dining room laid out summer at the beginning of the 20th century by closure of a former terrace. The rest is obsolete and, alas, decorated with a multitude of more mediocre paintings than the other... The visit of basements is impressive: great water tanks used as shelters during the shelling of the last world war. The garden, small but charming is the territory of a beautiful but skittish parrot that responds to the salutations of the visitors in a tone of anger and invective...
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  • As a stopover with the Costa mediterranea for half a day, we thought to visit in this Palace. Bad we took. The visit was all in English as shown. We still had a laminated prospectus that it lent us. In the middle of one of the rooms, a Lady of a certain age spoke to me violently because I had to take a picture with my flash. My English is not perfect and especially there is no sign to flash, nor on the laminated doc. Anyway, we can talk more kindly, it's even more welcoming. Then, coming out, I realized that the rates were posted on a laminated sheet (hidden when we arrived) and it was € 5 for students instead of € 9. I pulled out my student ID but the person of the entry, who speaks perfect french, she would not reimburse me. In short, if you are a student, you do not like me. For our 4 year old daughter who is not bilingual, this visit was unnecessary. I put still 3 stars because the (student?) guide was nice and spoke perfect English. Sites may be of interest to some. In any case, I do not recommend. If you want to visit a Palace: do it in Palermo at the count and Countess federico. It was great with lovely owners and is in french.
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  • You are allowed to walk around in a living palace with the guide. This is a home owned and used by the owners (nobility). Not like palaces and castles which are turned into museums.  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!