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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Antonio has recently graduated in History of Art and Archaeology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is now in Malta to pursue a career in Art Historical research, focusing on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century painting and patronage, with a special interest in Caravaggio’s works and his followers’. In addition to being a Baroque art addicted, he honours his Sicilian heritage by being a fervid cook and an enthusiastic food-a-holic.
Erika is a third year student at the University of Malta, reading for a degree in History of Art.
She enjoys reading, writing, drawing and has recently started exploring photography. She has a keen interest in history, art and literature and is always eager to share the uniqueness of Maltese culture with new people.
Sarah My name is Sarah, I am 17 years old and a local here in Malta. I currently study Philosophy and English at Junior College. What I love about working at Casa Rocca Piccola is that the house shows the history of Malta from such a unique perspective with a homey environment.
Sarah is a young tour guide with a passion for culture and history. Over the years she has made it her personal task to collect interesting anecdotes regarding famous events and characters, some of which you might encounter at Casa Rocca Piccola. There is always a twist to what we think is history!
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.