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CASA ROCCA PICCOLA GUEST HOUSE

No. 53, Triq San Duminku, Valletta, Malta

CASA ROCCA PICCOLA GUEST HOUSE

Casa Rocca Piccola is right in the heart of Valletta, a couple of minutes’ walk uphill to the main square and The Grandmaster’s Palace, while the same downhill takes you to the tip of the Valletta peninsula, Fort St Elmo and the National War Museum.

It is a five-minute walk to panoramic views of the Grand Harbour and everything in Valletta is in walking distance. A less than 12-minute walk brings you to the island’s main bus station or to the ferries to the Three Cities and Sliema. Cars and taxis can get right to the door of the house, and parking is possible, if not always easy.

Casa Rocca Piccola is a 16th-century palazzo dating to the early days of ‘The Knights’ City’. Today, it’s divided into the family’s private quarters (where the Marquis and Marchioness de Piro still live), the public area (open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm) and the guestrooms.  Guests enter through the original front door across traditional painted-tile floors, beneath frescoed ceilings, and passing a 1949 Bentley (used on special occasions).

The terracotta-painted breakfast room opens onto the little courtyard garden with two orange trees, early 20th-century statuary and (during the day) the family’s talkative parrot, Kiku. The guest area décor is a mix of antique furniture, gilt-framed mirrors, and original local artwork (from all ages). The de Piros are an artistic family: doors and ceilings are painted by the present Marquis’s young-adult grandchildren.

Your own keys allow coming and going as if from home, and tea and coffee can be made in the breakfast room all day. The garden is a lovely place to sit, and if you are lucky, you may meet some of the family. A tour of the house comes free with your stay and includes, amongst much else, one of the oldest pieces of furniture in Malta, a rare painted portable altar, and possibly the only surviving complete set of silver medical instruments from the Sacra Infermeria of the Hospitaller Knights of St John (the Knights of Malta). And don’t miss the cellar with its rock-cut WWII shelter.  

Each spacious and colourful room is traditional in style and modern in function. Every room has its own character, from the elephant room to the Cosimo Suite (named for the first of the family to come to Malta, arriving with the Knights from Rhodes in 1530). Large lavish double beds (mostly gilded) come with pre-arrival choice of hard, medium or soft mattress. My medium was extremely comfortable. There are no phones, television or tech – but there are UK sockets and USB outlets next to the bed and excellent Wi-Fi. All have effective air-conditioning that heats in winter.

Of the four double rooms around the internal courtyard, three have balconies over the street, two of them traditional closed wooden Maltese gallariji. The suite overlooks the garden via large arched French windows, which is gorgeous in summer.

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  • Téléphone: +356 21221499

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Informations générales

  • Langues parlées:
    • English
    • Maltese
  • Nombre de chambres: 5
  • Nombre de suites: 0
  • Nombre de lits: 10
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