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Casa Rocca Piccola

74 Republic Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
+356 2122 1499
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If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting Valletta go to Casa Rocca Piccola. Often described as a ‘living museum’ it is the only privately owned palace open to the public in the city. Built over 400 years ago for a Knight of Malta, Don Pietro La Rocca it is now the ancestral home of a Maltese Noble family. On your tour the guides will point out interesting things to see such as an 18th Century golden Sedan Chair which was carried around Valletta by Turkish slaves! There are literally hundreds of magnificent objects to see including modern paintings interspersed with the ancestral portraits of the Marquises de Piro and the Barons of Budach. You will also see a network of tunnels cut out from the rock under Casa Rocca Piccola which were used as Bomb Shelters in World War 2. Over 100 people sheltered here from the Nazi bombs that poured on Valletta. To finish your tour in the cellars of the house there is a delightful Sicilian restaurant called La Giara.
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“beautiful house” (31 reviews)
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74 Republic Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
+356 2122 1499
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It's a wonderful look into the world of one of Malta's ancient aristocratic families. You get to see their prized possessions from over the centuries. It's also a beautiful house--the dining room is absolutely stunning. You can see, from all the structural renovations going on...More

Thank Rolf L
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Baron himself introduces you to life in Malta in this grand private house. A real gentleman and a great raconteur. Not to be missed

Thank Wellfan
Reviewed 6 days ago

Having visited about 10 years ago, i decided to go back in with my husband.The courtyard and parrot were as i remembered but things went down hill a little after that Visitors were divided into two groups as the numbers were to large.Our guide was...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I accidentally arrived in front of the door when a guided tour was about to start, so I went in without knowing what to expect. It was a lovely home, where the owner still lives (although we didn't see his private rooms), and you could...More

Thank Pirjo K
Reviewed 1 week ago

this how it looks when you live like a higher class and nobility. Great to visit and see the life behind the money even with personal bombshealter

Thank didierg402
Reviewed 1 week ago

One can only visit this private house during a guided tour, however the guide is excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly. Tours are in English, the guide seemed to also speak French, but for other languages there are leaflets. I did it just before flying out,...More

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before you go, find out the times that the guided tours start. I did not and missed the first few rooms. Also, prior to going, I would recommend a bit of context reading so that when you get to the house you already know a...More

Thank Clayton G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this excellent tour around a 'living' 16th century house. The guide was wonderful; very clear, patient and fun You really get a wonderful picture of the history wandering from room to room with full explanations of the family, the house, the contents...More

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to take the tour to see this very grand old house. It's on the main street that runs through Valletta but is just beyond the fancier shops and restaurants. You go on a tour that lasts close to an hour and see several...More

Thank unclelouie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this palace after passing by previously .Well worth a visit the young guide was very informative & certainly knew his stuff .A fascinating view into a Malta knights palace that has been in the same family for over four hundred years. The visit to...More

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11 October 2015|
Response from MartinMalta | Property representative |
Yes. The restaurant in the building is called La Giara and opens at 11am for lunch and dinner. There are bathrooms in the restaurant.