Monaco-Ville (Monaco Bay)

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Monco Ville is the original, fortified, Old Town of Monaco. Just like Monte Carlo it is sometimes mistakenly considered the capital of Monaco, but Monaco is a city state and Monaco-Ville is one of the four 'quartiers' of the state. The other quarters are La Condamine, Monte Carlo, and Fontvieille.

Monaco-Ville is sometimes known as 'le Rocher' (the Rock) after the rocky promontory sticking out into the Mediterranean on which it is built. Today the area thrives on tourism, especially luxury tourism.

Monaco-Ville Attractions

The main attractions and sights within Monaco-Ville are all within walking distance of each other. They include:
  • Palais du Prince (Prince's Palace ) - 13th century Genoese fortress, official residence of the Royal Family, whose state rooms are often open to the public.
  • Place du Palais - square in front of the Palais du Prince, laid out with cannon and cannon balls dating from Louis XIV, with the Changing of the Guard daily at 11.55am and stunning views over Port de Fontvieille.
  • Musée Océanographique - marine museum with objects from journeys of Prince Albert and finds and equipment from various Jacques-Yves Cousteau expeditions. The Museum also contains an aquarium, library and various laboratories.
  • Jardins de St-Martin - gardens around the Musée Océanographique with stunning views over Monaco and the Mediterranean.
  • Monaco Cathedral - Romanesque-Byzantine built between 1875 and 1884 and containing an altarpiece by Louis Bréa (C.1500) and other works.
  • Napoleon Museum - located inside the Place du Palais this museum contains memorabilia of Napoleon I.
  • Fort Antoine Theater - a major attraction on Svenue de la Quarantaine, this is one of the best outdoor theatres in Monaco with a capacity of 350.
  • Wax Museum of the Princes of Monaco - found on Rue Basse the museum contains life-size wax models of various rulers of Grimaldi dynasty of Monaco from the 13th century onwards, dressed in period outfits.
  • Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco's Vintage Car Collection - display of nearly 100 classic cars of all ages and six coaches belonging to HSH, Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
  • Museum of the Chapel of Visitation Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection - various masterpieces of sacred art by Rubens, Zurbaran, Ribera and the masters of Italian baroque housed in a 17th century Baroque chapel.
  • Port Hercule - massive port and marina, home to some of the largest luxury yachts on earth.
  • Moneghetti - district on the northern end of Monaco with lovely terraces on the east slopes of the Tête de Chien.
  • Monte Carlo Casino - one of the biggest draws in Monaco, found north of Monaco-Ville.


Monaco Tourist Office
At: 2a Boulevard des Moulins, 98000 Monaco
Tel: (+377) 92 16 61 16


Flight: Côte-d'Azur International in Nice, 25 miles from Monaco and then bus.
Train: Monaco-Monte Carlo Station
Boat: Cruise ships and pleasure boats dock at either Fontvieille or Port Hercule harbours.

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