Montecarlo (Principality of Monaco): what to see

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What to see in Montecarlo, an itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the Casino, Palazzo dei Principi, Grimaldi Forum and Larvotto Beach.


Tourist information

Entirely included in the Italian physical region, Montecarlo is a town overlooking the Ligurian Riviera di Ponente, considered an internationally fascinating and romantic place, home to the famous city circuit where Formula 1 car races are held.

A minimal percentage of the population is Monegasque, while most of the inhabitants belong to different nationalities, despite having their residence in Montecarlo.


The government system is typical of a constitutional monarchy.

The official language spoken is French, while Monegasque, a variant of a Ligurian dialectal form, is taught in the country's schools as a second language.

In the characteristic alleys of the old town, where the Palazzo dei Principi is located, the names of the streets are reported both in French and in Monegasque.


What see

The Palazzo dei Principi, the official residence of the Prince of Monaco, was founded in 1191 as a Genoese fortress.

Bombed and besieged by many foreign powers, who wanted to conquer the power of the small state of Monaco, from the end of the thirteenth century it became the main residence of the Grimaldi family.

At first the Grimaldi reigned over the area as feudal lords, while from the seventeenth century onwards they passed to the role of sovereign princes.


The Casino is a complex dedicated to entertainment and gambling.

The Grimaldi Forum, a modern congress center built in 2000, houses conference rooms, a modern theater and various exhibition spaces.

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From the panoramic road of the Corniche it is possible to admire a suggestive overall panorama.

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