Casa Rocca Piccola is a palace in Malta, currently occupied by the de Piros, a noble Maltese family. It is situated in Valletta, the capi...
Casa Rocca Piccola is a palace in Malta, currently occupied by the de Piros, a noble Maltese family. It is situated in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. The history of Casa Rocca Piccola goes back over 400 years to an era in which the Knights of St John, having successfully fought off the invading Turks in 1565, decided to build a prestigious city to rival other European capitals such as Paris and Venice. Palaces were designed for prestige and aesthetic beauty in most of Valletta's streets, and bastion walls fortified the new sixteenth-century city. Casa Rocca Piccola contains over 50 rooms, the majority of which are open for viewing. Over the last few years a Museum of Costume has been opened in the property and also the World War II Air Raid Shelters have provided a dramatic and exciting addition to the tours of the house. This has all been made possible from the contributions that come in from the thousands of tourists who come to Malta and Valletta every year. On January 2nd 2003 following an extensive restoration program a further 4 stately rooms were added to the guided tours.