Old Town Day
Prince's Palace

Old Town Day

Rock of Ages Tour
  • • Old Town
  • • Prince's Palace
  • • The Cathedral
The houses look medieval – and they are. Tour the must-see Prince’s Palace – formidable! – built as a Genoese fortress circa 1215. There’s a modest entrance fee, as at all exhibits in Monaco. Take in the Throne Room, where H.S.H. Prince Albert II holds state receptions. In the Main Courtyard – with its horseshoe-shaped, Carrara marble staircase – three million stones create eye-catching geometric patterns. The Carabinier du Princeare always on hand to ensure security and protect the Prince and His Palace. At 11:55 a.m. daily, watch the colorful changing of the guard.

Hungry? Sample Monégasque cuisine at Le Castelroc (, on the Palace Square – perhaps a barbagiuan, a fried dough pocket stuffed with zucchini, eggs, cheese and rice (H.S.H. Prince Albert II’s favorite, by the way). Two other top lunch options: Le Saint Nicolas (, behind the Cathedral and, for pasta lovers, Le Pinocchio (, also near the Cathedral.

For handicrafts and souvenirs, drop in at La Boutique du Rocher, established by H.S.H. Princess Grace to benefit local charities. At Monaco’s Cathedral, don’t miss the tombs of the princes, bishops and, alas, H.S.H. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. After walking the Rampe Major, relax at the Café de Paris on the Place du Casino. It’s see-and-be-seen territory!

Tunnel Rocher Palais
98000 Monaco
Phone: +377 93 30 36 68 ‎
Website: www.restaurant-castelroc.com

Le Saint Nicolas
6 Rue de l'Eglise
98000 Monaco
Phone: +377 93 30 30 41

Le Pinocchio
30, rue Comte Félix Gastaldi
98000 Monaco
Phone: +377 93 30 96 20

La Boutique du Rocher
1 av. de la Madone
98000 Monaco
Phone: 377 93 30 91 17

Café de Paris
Place du casino
98000 Monaco


Q: Within the streets of Monaco's Old Town is (are):

a) The Chapelle de la Paix
b) The Placette Bosio
c) The Saint-Martin Gardens
d) All of the above