The value of Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta lies in its ability to provide unique historical evidence into the customs and traditions of the Maltese nobility over the last 400 years.
Casa Rocca Piccola was built in the late 16th Century for Don Pietro La Rocca, a Knight of Malta and an Admiral. On his death it was left to the Italian Langue of The Knights to house some of the more important Italian Knights of Malta. However for the last 200 years some of Malta’s more famous and illustrious families have occupied Casa Rocca Piccola.
The Counts Sant Cassia lived here for most of the 18th Century until they sold it to Antonio Cassar Torregiani an ancestor of the present owner the 9th Marquis de Piro. Today it is possible to visit this privately owned, 50-roomed Palace and get an insight into Maltese aristocratic tradition and heritage.
Casa Rocca Piccola has a network of underground passages and tunnels cut out of the rock over its 400 year history which visitors are able to explore on their guided tour. One particular tunnel will take you into a huge well used during the 2nd WW to shelter over 100 people from the heavy German bombing and another room was kept exclusively for the family living upstairs.