The Team

Nicholas de Piro with his wife Frances (Ding) were the first members of the Maltese aristocracy to open their house to the public. Today Nicholas and his wife usually host the Private Tours. Nicholas is busy with research projects involving the de Piro Archives and writing books on Maltese history. He is the author of many books including Lost Letters (with Kenneth Zammit Tabona and others); The International Dictionary of Artists who Painted Malta; Picking Through The Stones, Notions, Nostalgia and Nonsense; Valletta; Mdina; The Temple of the Knights of Malta; Malta, Influence and Patronage; The Sedan Chair in Malta; Costume in Malta; (contributor and joint-editor with Vicki Ann Cremona); The Quality of Malta; The Innocence of Ina and The National Portrait Gallery of Malta.

Clement de Piro has taken over the promotion of Casa Rocca Piccola and is busy with new ideas and improvements to the visitor experience. You can keep up to date with what’s new at Casa Rocca Piccola by looking at our Facebook page or following us on Twitter.

Caroline Tonna is the curator of the lace and costume collection at Casa Rocca Piccola which is not available for viewing at present. She has a passion for period costume and holds a Bachelor degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in History of Art.
She is a member of the Malta Arts Council and co-produces a popular cultural programme on Maltese national television.

Vicki Ann Cremona , our consultant, gives regular advice and guidance on what we do at Casa Rocca Piccola. She is the Chair of the School of Performing Arts at the University of Malta and Associate Professor within the Theatre Studies Department. She was appointed Ambassador of Malta to France between 2005-2009, and to Tunisia between 2009-2013. She has co-edited and co-authored various books including Theatrical Events and Costume in Malta.

Sarah is a Conservator-Restorer, and has experience in treating a variety of polychrome artefacts. In 2008, she was involved in the frescoes’ conservation project at Basilica Santa Anastasia in Verona, Italy. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation and Restoration (Hons.) from the University of Malta, and has also later studied Gilding at the Malta Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, and at the Malta School of Art.

Stephanie can entertain a big crowd of people with her stories and charm. She was awarded the President’s Award for Creativity (2015) for the development of her original Maltese script and was also nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship by the Kennedy Centre’s ACTF. Stephanie is also a founding board member and President of the University Students of Performing Arts Association (USPA).

Aroa“Coming from the life sciences world, she is passionate about the culture, art, and history of the Maltese Islands. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and she has a vivid interest in the research and conservation of the natural and cultural heritage. She has switched from teaching science to young students to guide our visitors through the experience of visiting Casa Rocca Piccola.”

Nathalie is studying for an MSc in Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces and has a keen eye for detail and form which makes her feel very at home in Casa Rocca Piccola.

Celine graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in History of Art from the University of Malta in 2017 and is interested in various Art related subjects from applied decoration on antique furniture to curating practices. She loves answering questions and sharing her knowledge and passion for all things art during her tours. Celine practices landscape and seascape painting during her spare time and is also developing her interest in modern contemporary sculpture with the hope of exhibiting her work in the future.

Joanne has a passion for History and finds herself at home in the historic surroundings of Casa Rocca Piccola. She enjoys re-enactment particularly of the medieval period and is also a co-organiser for cultural events. When not giving tours, she is a Secretary within a private company.

Nicholas is training to be an architect and is the current president of the Institution of Civil Engineers Student Chapter at the University of Malta. He lives in the Maltese city of Mdina and being born into an aristocratic clan himself he feels very at home in Casa Rocca Piccola and is a fount of anecdotal information about our history and traditions.

Abigail has recently completed her Masters degree in History of Art from the University of Malta. With a passion for art and activism she had taken on the role of President of HoASA, the History of Art Student Association and continues to share her enthusiasm for art with visitors at Casa Rocca Piccola.

Wilbert holds two degrees in Creative Computing and Artificial Intelligence. His interests lie in the application of computational technology in imagery especially that related to cultural heritage. When not talking tech, you can find him discussing history and art, two other interests of his.

Rose, hails from the village of Mqabba and keeps Casa Rocca Piccola sparkling clean. No challenge is too great for her and she is an indispensable part of the team.

Victoria is our most aristocratic guide who can claim descent from nearly all of Malta’s noble families and her tours have a certain panache and eclat.

INTERNS If you like the idea of doing an internship in Malta and spending a few months working at Casa Rocca Piccola please send us your CV and we’ll see if we can help you.