Things to do in Monaco
The Prince’s Palace in the center of the Monaco-Ville district has been the official royal residence of the Monaco rulers for more than 700 years. The palace was grounded on the fortress, built by the Genoese in the thirteenth century, and now only two towers remain from it. Everything else was mainly constructed in the range between 15th — 17th centuries with every head of the Grimaldi Family reconstructing and changing something in his own way.
The Palace Square is the biggest square in Monaco with amazing panoramas from all sides of it. Every day at 11:45 AM there is a ceremony of the guards’ change. The Prince’s guards are a pick of the bunch, all of them tall and well matched. The ritual of the guards’ change has been stable for already several centuries.
At the Palace Square take a look at the monk’s statue, standing a little bit to the right from the main entrance. This is the first of the Grimaldi Family, who got inside the fortress dressed like a monk, and then opened the gates to his people.
If you visit the Palace at the daytime (guided tours in various languages are available), make sure to return here at night, too. With no passers-by at the Palace square one can get an absolutely mystical feeling of a fairytale country…which Monaco is!
Open daily from March 29, to October 31, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The length of the visit: 30 minutes.
Tickets: adults: 8 euro; children, ages 8-14: 4 euro
The ticket price includes the audio guide in various languages.
How to get there: the buses number 1 and 2 going towards the Monaco-Ville until the last stop.