Monaco – a small monarchy between luxury and sea
When you arrive in this small kingdom, it covers a strange feeling that you are familiar with everything, since not once been seen at the Formula One race, or in the many films that have used it as a background. But at the same time, you can see the striking views of the coast, fully processed by man, full of skyscrapers and luxury hotels; and all this in a small kingdom of Monaco.
Probably, it is difficult to find someone who has never heard about the Principality of Monaco and Monte Carlo. Many are also familiar with its history is inextricably linked to the ruling family. Undisputed personages of world secular chronicles are Prince Albert of Monaco, Princess Grace and the beautiful Carolina.
This small monarchical state, bordering with France and bathed by the Ligurian Sea, known for its casino, and sports car enthusiasts are willing to pay much to visit in May, the Formula One racing, taking place in the city.
Most visitors first of all wish to visit Monte Carlo and its famous casino, which was built by Charles Garnier ordered by Prince Charles III, and which attracts many players from around the world.
Entrance to the casino slot hall is free, but to visit the rest rooms need to pay a certain amount and the requirement is an elegant suit. Also, the most important point of visit is the Prince Palace, which is also called the Palace of the Grimaldi. It is located in the old town of Monaco and was built on the site of an ancient fortress of Genoa. The Salon of Mazarin, the Palatine Chapel, the courtyard, decorated with Carrara marble and the Throne Room are the true gems, worthy of admiration.
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On the territory of the Principality one can enjoy the views of the famous exotic garden full of various kinds of succulents and cacti. Continuing the visit to the old town, you can reach Monaco Cathedral and museums, among which certainly attractive and interesting are the Oceanographic Museum, the Naval Museum, which displays about two hundred models of the ships, and very special is the Top Car Collection of Monaco, among which are exhibited samples that belonged to Prince Rainier III. Worth a visit also a wax museum where the famous figures are represented in life-size and in ancient costumes.
The old town is characterized by medieval architecture and narrow streets paved with stone. Here you can admire the Chapel of Peace, visit the Saint-Martin Gardens, Bosio square, consider a unique facade of the Palace of Justice, and, of course, take a stroll in the harbor, where you can see the luxury boats and yachts belonging to celebrities from around the world.
An interesting place is also the Princess Grace’s Rose Garden, having a heart shape with about four thousand rose bushes.