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.


Casa Rocca Piccola is open from 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm) every day except Sundays and Public Holidays.


Opening 2019, a small number of carefully restored rooms and suites available for the discerning travellers…


Located close to the Grand Master’s Palace on Valletta’s main street. Five minutes’ walk from the Valletta Bus Terminus.

Guided Tours

Guided tours take place on the hour, last 45 minutes and are usually done in clear spoken English. We also provide translations in several languages.

Private Tours

A very leisurely Guided Tour usually by Marquis and Marchioness de Piro followed by refreshments.


Most of Casa Rocca Piccola is accessible by wheelchair and trained guide dogs are welcome.

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Bomb Shelters
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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.

Maltese Lady

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.

Bomb Shelters

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.

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