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Prince's Palace, Monaco-Ville

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Must see · Castle · Historic Site
Take an audio tour of Prince's Palace, occupied for more than 700 years by the ruling Grimaldi family. Built on the site of an 1191 Genoese fortress, the palace is still well fortified--it was frequently besieged over the centuries by Monaco’s larger and more powerful neighbors. Imposing from the outside, the royal family's only residence also displays wealth and opulence in its interior, furnished in the style of Louis XIV. Explore the state apartments, where you can see intricately painted 16th-century frescoes of mythological figures, and see the throne, draped with a red velvet awning and topped by the crown. The palace is only open to the public for a few months a year, so check the website for details. For Prince's Palace and beyond, use our Monaco-Ville trip itinerary maker tool to get the most from your Monaco-Ville vacation.
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  • We saw the exterior only while on a walking tour. I am sure this is a fabulous palace, but if I ever come back to Monaco will try to get inside to see the State Apartments.  more »
  • A fortress atop Le Rocher, built in the 13th century, is the private Grimaldi family residence. History, beauty and wonderful views. Highly recommended.  more »
  • This is one of the highlights of visiting this municipality. Located at the top of the hill in Old Village oh, there's plenty of room in the courtyard 4 great photo opportunities the Palace of Old Town and the entire Harbor of Monaco. Really the idyllic spot photo opportunities. Depending on the time that you arrive you might even catch a glimpse of the prince or some other government official leaving and or arriving to the Palace.
  • This has been on my list of places to visit since I was 9 years old and was watching the grand prix on the telly ok so I didn't go for the f1 but a few weeks later just as they were finishing taking down the grandstands. The palace was as regal as anyone could imagine. The smartly dressed guards outside add to the splendor and the copious amount of little shops devoted to F1 are a joy. In the palace grounds there is a wee play park for the children. This is a perfect escape from the blistering sun that Monaco was bathed in during my visit. I would highly recommend everyone to visit this beautiful place race week or not. In my opinion it is magical!

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