If you fancy to see something different Casa Rocca Piccola is the place
A splendid 16th Century jewel in the centre of the capital city of Valletta surrounded by many historical buildings. It will take you back to the way of life the noble families of Malta used to live and to the present day as the owner Marquis de Piro still lives there.
The guided tour for an insight into Maltese aristocratic tradition and heritage which is in the only privately lived-in palace at Valletta.
You will see a number of the 50 rooms splendidly decorated with the original ornaments and décor which have been restored. The chapel, collection of historical objects and a network of tunnels used as WW II as a bomb shelter 100 feet down depicting life as it was during the Italian and German bombings.
If you are so keen about this style of living you can book your B&B accommodation within this palace. Five bedrooms have been finely restored for this purpose. A Sicilian restaurant located in the cellars. La Giarra has great reviews on Trip Advisor for their service and food.
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There are hourly tours that take around 45 minutes and they are usually done by expert guides in English.
If you do not understand English, you can opt for a text translation in the following languages:
If you are so keen about this style of living you can book your B&B accommodation at this palace. They are specifically for those persons who have the experience for this type of living.
Five bedrooms have been finely restored for this purpose from where you have a choice of a suite, double and family options. The price for your stay will depend on the type of accomodation you choose, dates during the year, hotel’s policy. Check by entering your dates for visiting Malta.
A Sicilian restaurant located in the cellars. Eating at this restaurant, you will discover the pleasures of authentic and delicious Sicilian regional cuisine specializing in Italian and southern Italian food with a mixture of Mediterranean and European style of cooking.
La Giarra has great reviews on Trip Advisor for their wonderful food, service, and not least the location.
The history of this palace takes you back to the time of the Knights of St. John when they were forced to leave the island of Rhodes by the Turkish Ottoman Empire’s army in 1522. In this general exodus many were allowed to leave with the knights including their possessions, weapons, valuables and religious possessions.
One of them was Cosimo de Piro who came to Malta with the knights in 1530 where he was made commander of the Grand Master’s arsenal. When the Valletta fortifications were completed in 1566 all the knights started settling within where Don Pietro la Rocca in 1580 built his own palace very close to the Grand Master’s palace.
A wonderful team of people who will guide you around and those who work here restoring the wonderful ornaments and researching the extensive archives. This is all possible through the thousands of visitors who come and pay the fee to visit.
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