Monaco-Ville is a historical district and one of four traditional quarters of Monaco located on the French Riviera in Western Europe, nestled between France and the Mediterranean Sea. Although referred to as Monaco City, the area is not a city at all but a medieval village comprised of quiet residential streets. Monaco’s charming aura and architectural beauty make for a desirable tourist attraction.
Monaco-Ville contains many major landmarks highlighted by the famous Prince’s Palace of Monaco, the residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco. Saint Nicholas Cathedral is an additional cultural gem, containing many remains of prior ruling families. Other points of interest include the Oceanographic Museum, Museum of the Chapel of Visitation and Fort Antoine Theatre. St. Martin Gardens is an additional allure boasting many archaeological sites within a series of paths running along the Rock of Monaco.
Walking is the most efficient form of transit around the well-preserved historic area, as gasoline-powered motorbikes are restricted after nightfall. The Monaco bus services provide for public access throughout the Monaco quarters during the day time. Helicopters also route from the Monaco Heliport to the nearest airport in Nice, France.
This ancient city is rooted in Greek culture and was a colony of the Phocaean Greeks in its earliest days. It was originally referred to as Monoikos and only became Monaco during the Middle Ages.