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What to see in Monaco Vielle?

Continuing to explore this delightful country, I’ve made a list of what to see in Monaco Vielle, the old part of Monaco.

The Old Town of Monaco is located on Le Rocher (The Rock) and is a labyrinth of charming little lanes with beautiful coloured buildings that can date back to the middle ages.

What to see in Monaco Vielle?

There are few staircases up to the Le Rocher, but the best one is via Rampe Major, starting from Place Aux Armes near the port.

Place d'Armes

In the Old Town, is the Palais du Prince. It is the Prince residence and if the flag in the main tower is raised, means that he is there. The palace dates from the 13th century, and it is possible to visit it when the Prince is not there.

What to see in Monaco Vielle? Palais du Prince

Every day at 11:55 am the changing of the guard occurs on the Palace Square. For more information and tickets, check it out here.

Cathédrale de Notre-Dame-Immaculée, or Saint Nicholas Cathedral, was built from 1875 to 1901, and it is the resting place of Princess Grace and Prince Renier. Bear in mind that the dress code is rigorous and short shorts, belly shirts or open shoulders are not allowed.

Cathédrale de Notre-Dame-Immaculée

Musée Océanographique

Musée Océanographique was opened in 1910, which makes it one of the oldest aquariums in the world

It has collections from exploration engaged by Prince Albert I as well as Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

There are also three aquariums: the Tropical Aquarium, the Mediterranean Aquarium and a Shark Lagoon, between many other sea life environment settings.
Prices: Adults €16, Students (valid card)and children (4 to 17 years old): €10 and Child with less than 4 years old: Free. More info here: https://musee.oceano.org

Fort Antonie is an outdoor theatre space that used to be a military fortification. In the summer, you can watch a variety of performances here.

Les Jardins Saint-Martin is the first public garden in the country, opened in 1816. It is lovely strolling around and offers fabulous views out across the sea. Address: Avenue Saint-Martin.

Views from Les Jardins Saint-Martin
Views from Les Jardins Saint-Martin

As you can see, Monaco has loads of things to see and do!

If you have time, you can also visit the Monaco Naval Museum, Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology, Museum of Stamps and Coins, The Museum of Vieux Monaco and Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.

You can also have a look at some monuments like the Courthouse, Statue of Juan Manuel Fangio, Saint-Charles Church and Sainte-Dévote Church.

Old Town of Monaco

And on this post here, I’ve written about what to see on the other wards of Monaco.
I hope you have a lovely time and don’t forget to share this post with your friends and family.

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