Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Office
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Fontvieille is a district completely reclaimed from the sea. The Principality made use of modern technology to build this area and in return Monaco chose to accommodate high-tech and non-polluting companies within it.
In this part of Monaco the Stade Louis II was opened in 1985. A football pitch with 16,000 seats, surrounded by an athletics track, a sports hall with 3,000 seats and an Olympic sized heated fresh water swimming pool, make it possible to hold international competitions at the highest level and do so in one of the finest sports complexes in the world. Visit duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
tel: 00 377 92 05 40 11. Map It
At Fontvieille, embark on the Sculpture Path and discover beautiful monumental works by Arman, Blake, Botero, Calder, César and more. Almost one hundred contemporary works sit alongside creations by sculptors living in Monaco. Also, do not miss the heart shaped Rose Garden dedicated to Princess Grace. You can admire almost 180 varieties and around 4,000 roses surrounded by their wonderful fragrance. Duration of the walk: 2 hours.
Climbing back up the Esplanade Rainier III, you will find no less than four museums or parks to familiarise yourself further with the Principality.
It’s a passion for cars which awaits you at the Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco’s Vintage Car Collection. You can admire around a hundred vehicles of all ages from the great companies of Europe and America as well as six horse drawn coaches. From the De Dion Bouton 1903 to the Lamborghini Countach 1986, as well as the 1929 Bugatti, the Citroen Torpedo of the Croisière Jaune or the 1952 Rolls Royce, each one of these passionately maintained gleaming models illustrates a page in the motoring history of the 20th Century. Visit duration: 1 hour,
tel: 00 377 92 05 28 56.
Esplanade Rainier III also houses the Museum of Stamps and Coins. This museum opened its doors to the public at the beginning of 1996 in order to highlight the Stamps and Coins of the magnificent private collection of HSH the Prince Sovereign. Visit duration: 45 minutes, tel: 00 377 93 15 41 50.
The Naval Museum brings together some one hundred and eighty superb models of famous ships including several pieces from the private collection of HSH the Prince Sovereign. Models of large transatlantic liners such as Titanic or the Normandy are displayed alongside exploration vessels such as the Pourquoi Pas of Commandant Charcot, the Calypso and Alcyon of Commandant Cousteau or the Antarctica of Doctor Jean-Louis Etienne. Visit duration: 45 minutes, tel: 00 377 92 05 28 48.
Leave on a journey under the tropical trees of the Zoological Park. Many species of tropical and African fauna (black panther, white tiger, hippopotamus, rhinos, reptiles, exotic birds etc.) live in exemplary, comfortable conditions. Visit duration: 1½ to 2 hours, tel: 00 377 93 25 18 31.
On the Fontvieille site, you can be dazzled by the vast blue of the sea from above by helicopter. Fly over the Principality of Monaco and its surroundings for an unforgettable experience and discover the dazzling panorama of the Cote d’Azur from exhilarating heights. You can experience this intoxicating feeling in complete safety 7 days a week through one of the companies located at the Monaco Heliport, Avenue des Ligures. Choose from Héli Air Monaco: 00 377 92 050 050, or Monacair: 00 377 97 97 39 00, flight duration is 10 minutes or more,
The Fontvieille walk excluding the museums and sculpture path will take around 1 hour.
For children, there is the garden near the Princess Grace Rose Garden and the merry go round at Fontvieille.
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