Casa Rocca Piccola, the 16th Century Palace of a Maltese Noble family
Apart from being a unique attraction in the centre of Valletta, Casa Rocca Piccola is still a privately owned and much loved family home.
Don’t Miss Attractions
Summer Dining Room
This Art Nouveau dining room often takes visitors by surprise. Originally it was just an open terrace overlooking the garden but was covered over to create a stunning addition to Casa Rocca Piccola in the early 20th Century.
Martyrdom of Santa Rufina
Martyrdom of Santa Rufina by Giuseppe Calí: the Pre-Raphaelite picture is perhaps of the Roman martyr St Rufina but It might also be simply symbolic of martyrdom. It was painted by the celebrated Maltese artist Giuseppe Calí (1846-1930), Marquis de Piro’s great grandfather.
Portrait of Monica de Piro
Monica was the daughter of the 7th Baron de Piro and was painted here by Arthur Acton in the 1930’s. She is showing off her style and charisma which so attracted the Marchese Bartolini Salimbeni who commissioned this portrait.
Portrait of Marchesa Francesca Xara
This portrait painted in 1735 could have been painted in connection with a marriage contract. The mountain in the background is symbolic of her family’s property in Sicily (we have no mountains in Malta). Her cheeks and hands have been painted to make her look chubby, a sign of health in the 18th century. She is also wearing a lot of coral jewellery to protect her from the Evil Eye.
Golden Sedan Chair
The Sedan Chair is one of the treasures of Casa Rocca Piccola and was made for Frà Victor Nicolas de Vachon Belmont, a French Knight of Malta and Captain General of the Galleys. It is the finest and flashiest sedan chair in Malta and was an extremely spectacular way to get around Valletta.
Portrait of Clement XI
Portrait of Clement XI (1649-1721).He was a member of the famous Albani family of Rome. He is painted here by Carlo Maratta (1625-1713). The de Piro family lent money to and conducted business with various members of the Albani Family in the 18th century.
This elegant Maltese lady was a member of the powerful and aristocratic Sceberras family. Her white gloves, lace, jewellery and gold thread on her dress are all symbols of her wealth and status.
The largest of our 3 Bomb Shelters could fit 100 people in it. Cut out from solid rock these underground shelters are an exciting finale to a visit to Casa Rocca Piccola.
Travellers’ Choice 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
Casa Rocca Piccola has been awarded Trip Advisor’s ‘Best of the Best’ Award, Travellers’ Choice for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.