Casa Rocca Piccola was built in the late 16th Century for Don Pietro La Rocca, a Knight of Malta and an Admiral. On his death it was left to the Italian Langue of The Knights to house some of the more important Italian Knights of Malta. However for the last 200 years some of Malta’s more famous and illustrious families have occupied Casa Rocca Piccola.
The Counts Sant Cassia lived here for most of the 18th Century until they sold it to Antonio Cassar Torregiani an ancestor of the present owner the 9th Marquis de Piro. Today it is possible to visit this privately owned, 50 -roomed Palace and get an insight into Maltese aristocratic tradition and heritage.
On your tour expert guides will tell you about the Palace’s history including anecdotes about the various people who have lived here (and continue to do so today), as well as pointing out the important paintings, furniture and other treasures it contains.
Casa Rocca Piccola has a network of underground passages and tunnels cut out of the rock over its 400 year history which you will also be able to visit on your guided tour. One particular tunnel takes you into a huge well used during the 2nd WW to shelter over 100 people from the heavy German bombing and another room was kept exclusively for the family living upstairs.
Casa Rocca Piccola has been described as a living experience and awarded a much coveted ‘Best Kept Secret’ by the UK Independent Travel Awards and we hope you enjoy your visit!