Casa Rocca Piccola, Valletta

Casa Rocca Piccola, Valletta (must see)

Casa Rocca Piccola is a 16th-century palace in Malta, and home of the noble de Piro family. Its history goes back over 400 years to an era in which the Knights of St. John, having successfully fought off the invading Turks in 1565, decided to build a prestigious city to rival other European capitals, such as Paris and Venice. Palaces were designed for prestige and aesthetic beauty in most of Valletta's streets, and bastion walls fortified the new 16th-century city.

Casa Rocca Piccola has over fifty rooms, including two libraries, two dining rooms, many drawing rooms, and a chapel. It houses Malta's largest private collection of antique costumes (both formal and informal wear from the 18th to the 20th century) as well as the largest private collection of Maltese lace, which was used in different ways for different occasions, both religious and secular. There are daily tours of the palace.

Why You Should Visit:
This palace is well maintained and strikes a balance between traditional formality and more relaxed family spaces, and the bomb shelter that you can go in at the end is amazing for a little adventure.

Tip:
Conducted tours are on the hour (last tour starts at 4pm) but get there early to beat the crowds.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Casa Rocca Piccola on Map

Sight Name: Casa Rocca Piccola
Sight Location: Valletta, Malta
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Valletta, Malta

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