CASA ROCCA PICCOLA

 

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Casa Rocca Piccola is a 16th century palace situated at 74 Republic St. Valletta. It is a wonderful opportunity for tourists in the capital city to sample a taste of ancient nobility with a visit to this aristocratic and functioning residence. The palace remains the home of the noble de Piro family and has been occupied by a long line of noble tenants down through the centuries.

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The Palace originally formed part of a palazzo constructed in 1580 for Don Pietro La Rocca, an Italian admiral of the Order of the Knights of St John, and its maze of rooms are a journey through privileged life on the island over the last 4 centuries. Among the diverse spaces to be seen are the Chapel, a Summer Dining Room with views over a secluded garden, the Library, and also some underground bomb shelters that sadly became necessary during World War II.

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. Among the vast collection of rare and finely crafted furniture is a wooden chest believed to be the oldest extant example of Maltese furniture. In the Palace’s rich collection you will also see the silver surgical instruments that the Knights of St. John used in their precocious surgical techniques. Other enjoyable exhibits include a chess set from the period of the Knights, paintings by Mattia Preti and examples of Tal-Lira clocks, traditional and highly-decorated Maltese timepieces.

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This is a charming, and still ‘lived-in’ palace in central Valletta with a treasure-trove of antiques and artworks and is well worth a visit. There are daily tours and the palace includes a restaurant and a souvenir shop.

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From ‘IN LOVE WITH MALTA’ (The Hidden Treasures)

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