“Monaco-Ville” or known as the Monaco City is the southcentral Ward in the Principality of Monaco. Located on a headland that extends into the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco City is nicknamed The Rock (French: Le Rocher). The name “Monaco City” (French: Monaco-Ville) is misleading, Monaco City is a historical and statistical district, not a city.
Monaco City is one of the four traditional quarters (French: quartiers) of Monaco, the others are La Condamine, Monte Carlo, and Fontvieille. The travelers have been in love with this place and they still are today because, as they say: “The old Monaco is a great place to stroll, very different from the luxurious Monaco that is well-known by everybody. These small buildings, sometimes red, sometimes yellow, boast charming stroll.” This means a lot of great places to admire and places where you will feel relaxed and positive, just like a vacation should make you feel!
While visiting the old Monaco, you can also see “Le Palais de Princes de Monaco”- The Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum, Saint Nicholas Cathedral, St. Martin Gardens, Fort Antoine Theatre and some other great places that worth visiting!
Despite being located in the middle of the City of Monaco, the world’s most densely populated urban center, Monaco City remains a medieval village at heart, made up almost entirely of quiet pedestrian streets and marked by virtual silence after sundown. All of these things are making it a great place for the people who enjoy silence, who don’t like those crowded streets and just want to spend some quality time surrounded by special things which bring joy for the eyes and the soul.
The most visited place here is the Prince’s Palace because here is the official residence of Albert II, Prince of Monaco. One interesting thing about the Monaco City is that was originally called Monoikos, after the temple of Hercules Monoikos, located in a Phocaean Greeks colony of the 6th century BCE. It became Monaco in the Middle Ages. Some of the city walls and original structures still remain. In 1297, the Rock was seized by François Grimaldi, a member of the House of Grimaldi. The Grimaldis made the old fortress their residence. The fortress evolved into the Palais Princier.
But, it wouldn’t be better if you could see and learn all these things by yourself, travelling to Monaco?! Of couse it would, so then pack your bags and plan your next trip which has the destination, Monaco. You will find here something else than you are used to! So many interesting and beautiful things that once here, you wouldn’t want to go bac (so soon or at all)!