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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Casa Rocca Piccola

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Casa Rocca Piccola

Address: 74, Republic Street | Tel: (+356)21221499 | www.casaroccapiccola.com

Opening Times

Monday - Saturday: Guided tours are held on the hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Tours are conducted in English but printed translations are available in French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Hungarian

Admission fee is €9.00 for adults; students in possession of an ISIC card pay €5.00. Children under 14 enter at no charge.

If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting Valletta from the usual run of museums why not make it a point to go and see Casa Rocca Piccola. Often described as a ‘living museum’ Casa Rocca Piccola recently won a much coveted “Best Kept Secret” award from the UK Independent Newspaper Travel Awards and is currently rated as the No.1 Valletta Attraction by Tripadvisor.com.

This beautiful Palace is the only privately owned property open to the public in Valletta and has a fascinating variety of different things to see. Originally built in the 16th Century for Don Pietro La Rocca, a Knight of Malta, it is now the family ancestral home of the 9th Marquis de Piro and his family.

On your visit you will be able to walk through twelve palatial rooms including the two Dining Rooms, (one for the Summer and one for the Winter!) as well as the Four Poster Bedroom and a private Family Chapel.

Guides will point out the unique things to see such as the 18th Century golden Sedan Chair which was once carried around Valletta by Turkish slaves and the glass tumblers used to hold ice which used to be rowed all the way from Mount Etna in Sicily! There are literally hundreds of magnificent things to see and many visitors come back year after year.

One of the most popular things to see at Casa Rocca Piccola is the network of underground passages and tunnels cut out of the rock over its 400 year history. One particular tunnel takes you into a huge cavern that was used during the WW2 to shelter over 100 people from the heavy bombing and another tunnel takes you to a small room used as a private family shelter. The rock tunnels that were all cut out by hand saved hundreds of lives and many of Valletta’s older residents remember running to them when the air raid sirens sounded. 

Casa Rocca Piccola also has a walled garden with orange trees and which serve as home to a number of house pets such as Kiku (a Blue & Gold Macaw) and Vulcan (a Red-eared Terrapin).

In the Carriage Room of Casa Rocca Piccola a beautiful souvenir shop sells a whole variety of items such as hand blown glass, Caltigirone pottery, books and much more. The old kitchens of the palace are now used as a restaurant that has a delicious range of Italian products.

Casa Rocca Piccola might look like all the other buildings in Valletta from the outside but one of the most often repeated comments from visitors to Casa Rocca Piccola is that they ‘had no idea that there was so much to see inside!’

Casa Rocca Piccola is open for Guided Tours from 10.00 until 16.00 hours every day except Sundays and Public Holidays.