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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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74 Republic Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1117, Malta
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Reviewed yesterday

A very good guided tour of this 16th century palazzo. Our guide was very good at ansewring questions.You get a view of Maltese history through several generations of one family who still live here...including the ...pirate in the yard! The architecture, artifacts, portraits, photographs, furniture...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This place has it all. A stunning and very personal collection of 19th and 20th century art, beautiful historical pieces, the intimacy of a real lived in home, and air raid shelters that go deep under Valetta. Good tour guide too (you can not visit...More

Thank RickKessel_Lo
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent lived in Noble house. Lovely find trip advisors. Guide full of knowledge, a little expensive to enter but if the cost goes towards up keep so be it. Worth a vist

Thank Frances L
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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is really worth its money , the most interesting history behind it all. The most beautiful furnished enviornmet and do not forget the deep basements under the old palace. Really a must beeing in Victoria

Thank Tor Steinar E
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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent guided tour of this 16th century palazzo. This is a view of Maltese history through several generations of one family who still live here. The architecture, artifacts, portraits, photographs, furniture and air raid shelter tell a fascinating story.

Thank Chris B
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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you :)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wonder what there was to be seen there, a high class house like you find in many places, and better.Entrance is a robberyMore

Thank bugsyn
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MartinMalta, Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. Yes I suppose you could call us a 'high class house' and yes you do find them 'in many places', but we think we are pretty unique in that we have an eclectic array of fascinating this to see. Nevertheless...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was not mentioned in the guide book we had and we found it by chance. It is only possible to go in with a group (quite understandably) and, although our tour started 15 minutes later than promised, it was very interesting and pleasant with...More

Thank jemader
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MartinMalta, Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and your kind comments. We are sorry the tour started late and this may have been because we were very busy and thus we have to stagger the tours. Thank you for your patience. We have a safe for rucksacks...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tours are limited to small groups, making it ideal for a more personal experience. Surrounded by incredible history and pretty much every single item in the building has an interesting story behind it. Was also surprised to see there is two bunkers and given access...More

Thank Danalar G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An unspoilt home -- with many treasures obviously loved by the family. The lady that showed us round made the visit so interesting -- well worth a visit ---

Thank maureenmahonywoolley
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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My word what a find! On our way back from Fort at St. Elmo and we pass this house. Only 10 a tour and you see why, beautiful rooms. Private 16th century noble home situated on Republic Street in Valetta. It is a fascinating glimpse...More

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Alexane T, Front Office Manager at Casa Rocca Piccola, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review!

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vivash
11 October 2015|
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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.
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