Montecarlo: Princes, billionaires and casinos in the most delightful monarchy on the sea
Only few miles afar from Italy and France, protected by a breathtaking beautiful natural bay discover the Principauté deMonaco and spend a jet set weekend among VIP and billionaires. Hotels in Monaco and Montecarlo are extremelyexpensive and rarely available therefore nothing better than a holiday apartment rental in Monaco to enjoy your stay.
Deo Juvante - The Grimaldi family and Monaco
Back to year 1237 Francesco Grimaldi nicknamed “Il Malizia” could enter the Fortress of Monaco pretending he was a monk. Once inside the castle il Malizia and his men took over the power by the force. Since then, the destiny of the Grimaldi family was never set apart from the destiny of Monaco. After Prince Rainier wedded the American actress and worldwide known icon Grace Kelly, a new generation of tycoons, billionaires, industrialists and businessmen came to Monaco and lodged huge capitals in its banks financing most of Prince Rainier architectural masterpieces. No need to wonder why this monarch was also called “The Builder”. He ordered important construction works to increase the square kilometers of land that his tiny country cruelly lacked by a clever and most original architecture design of buildings on the sea sustained by heavy and thick concrete layers and foundations. Thanks to him Monaco has become the European Hong Kong with tall skyscrapers heading out of the blue sea. Twins princes were born to Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene in year 2014, Prince Jacques de Monaco who will inherit the crown and Princess Gabriella de Monaco. The future of the Grimaldi dynasty is guaranteed. Rent a house in Monaco Ville by the Palais des Princes where the monarchs live and enjoy the lifestyle in old Monte-Carlo medieval town.
Montecarlo and Monaco: One nation on two hills
Montecarlo and Monaco face each other from the top of two parallel hills separated at the sea level in La Condamine by the ancient harbor, Port Hercule which is presently the marina yachting of Monaco. The hill ofMonaco is very much an Italian old town alike with its historical centre built between 1000 and 1400 and its narrow streets called “caruggi” spread all around the wide square of the Palais Princier, with its ancient medieval fortress and tower overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Cathedral and the Musée Océanographique deserve a visit. All important state ceremonies related to the private life of the monarchy take place in the Cathedral including burial of the princes of Monaco who rest under very simple and plain marble stones inside the church. Few steps from the Cathedral the Musée Océanographique is worth a visit not only for its rich collections but also for its huge terrace roof from which a magnificent sight is offered on all the Principauté as well as on Italian and French coasts. Rent a villa in Monaco by the Musée Océanographique to live near Princess Caroline who has her headquarters in Le Clos St Pierre, exclusive ancient villa in front of the Museum. Montecarlo is the hill of luxury and jet set. It was built much later than Monaco during the second half of 19th century. Every corner of Montecarlo speaks about Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau. From its Casino to the Opéra Garnier, from the Hôtel de Paris to the Hôtel Hermitage and the private mansions overlooking the exclusive Avenue d'Ostende every building of Montecarlo is a masterpiece of the 1870/1900 years period. From the Casino square walk to Larvotto the beach of Monaco where summer holidays at the Sporting Club are a must for all VIPs in the world including Monaco princes who enjoy its pool and its beach. Rent a penthouse in Montecarlo on the Larvotto beach or rent a holiday apartment or a flat in Monaco Fontvieille under the Palais des Princes mighty cliffs, in frontof Fontvieille marina yachting
Lifestyle in Montecarlo
Every hotel in Montecarlo is crowded with jet setters, Middle East tycoons and billionaires. A standard day in Montecarlo begins by a breakfast on a terrace overlooking the sea from Italy to Cap d'Antibes followed by a relax day at the Thermes Marines de Montecarlo where a stunning spa, swimming pool and sun terrace over the Port Hercule are waiting for you. After a light lunch at the restaurant of the Thermes Marines and a pleasant afternoon swimming and sunbathing on the Belle Epoque terrace of the Thermes head for a drink to the Café de Paris in front of the Casino. The wonderful jewelers and fashion stylists shops around the Casino just wait for you to sit at a table for a Martini on ice sip. For a romantic dinner choose one of the many restaurants in Montecarlo and ask a table on the terrace overlooking the sea. After dinner the night is still young in Montecarlo: time for a dance at the Buddha's bar or the Jimmy's or a tour to the Casino for a Blackjack or a Roulette. We promised you a billionaire weekend, have a try!