Monaco is so small it will easily fit inside New York’s Central Park. Although it is hilly, you can walk across Monaco in just 45 minutes. In reality, unless you a local out for tour daily exercise, it will take you a lot longer you walk through Monaco as there is so much there to perk your interest, and you will have to stop to ponder or admire your surroundings.
Officially the Principality of Monaco, it is a sovereign city-state, country, and microstate on the French Riviera in Western Europe. The country is ruled by Prince Albert II, a member of the Grimaldi family who has ruled the Principality since the 11th century.
With a total area of just 2 square kilometres, the description Monaco a country in miniature is quite accurate.
However, Monaco packs more punch than many other larger countries.
Each May the Monaco Grand Prix is held on the Circuit de Monaco, a fabulous street circuit that annually attracts 200,000 visitors. Run since 1929, it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world. It is one of the races – along with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans – which forms the Triple Crown of Motorsport.
Monaco is also home to the Monte Carlo Casino, perhaps the world’s best-known casino. It all begins at the legendary Place du Casino, the vibrant, glamorous beating heart of the Principality and is the epitome of luxury.
The country is divided into four areas: Monaco-Ville (the old city), the Condamine (port quarter), Monte-Carlo (business and recreation), and Fontvieille (recreation and light industry).
Monaco is the world’s most densely populated independent country and considered to be the safest country in the world. Monaco a country in miniature, but with a giant reputation as a superb place for tourists to visit.
During my regular Friday night Travel Bug segment on Radio 6PR in Perth, Western Australia, I was fortunate enough to chat with the delightful Guy Antognelli, General Manager of the Monaco Government Tourist & Convention Authority.
Guy was a wonderful guest who spoke with both authority and enthusiasm about Monaco. He really makes the Principality come to life, and he certainly made Monaco that I am determined to visit in the near future.
You can hear my conversation with Guy Antognelli on the audio link below.