Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Office
7 Upper Grosvenor Street
London W1K 2LX
Tel : +44 (0)207 491 4264
Fax : +44 (0)207 408 2487
As you arrive at the Place du Casino, the sight of this masterpiece by the famous architect Charles Garnier will take your breath away. Built in 1863, the Casino has been designed around an atrium surrounded by 28 onyx columns, behind which the Salle Garnier, an Italian theatre decorated in red and gold is the veritable miniature replica of the Paris opera house.
Every season, the most beautiful opera shows are staged here. Further on, the gaming rooms are marvellously decorated with stained glass windows, sculptures, and unique allegorical paintings. Visits to the casino last 35 to 40 minutes,
tel: + 377 98 06 21 21,
website : www.casinomontecarlo.com
Around the Place du Casino, window shop at the heart of the famous Cercle d'Or: jewellers, haute couture boutiques, antique dealers and more will help you to travel in great luxury.
Spend time exploring the Casino Gardens and Terraces with their magnificent flowerbeds and diverse species of plants. Overlooking the sea the terraces bathed in sun invite you to stroll along them.
Walking down towards the sea and the Grimaldi Forum, high tech conference and events centre, you will discover the National Museum - villa Sauber and the Japanese Garden.
The National Museum - Villa Sauber, 17 avenue Princesse, Grace reveals the fascinating world of automation and old dolls in period costumes, presented in a miniature world with miniature objects and furniture. The atmosphere is of the elegance of centuries past; in the spirit in which Madeleine De Galéa had gathered her collection. Completed by a remarkable Neapolitan scene, this marvellous collection has is housed in a select environment in a splendid villa built by Charles Garnier. Visit duration: 1 hour,
tel: 00 377 93 30 91 26.
The Japanese Garden (free admission, 9am – sunset) is located on the Avenue Princesse Grace.
This magnificent garden, designed by the landscape architect Yasuo Beppu has been laid out over 7,000 m2 at the edge of the Mediterranean. An authentic work of art, it blends stone, water and plants in marvellous harmony. This park at the foot of the city is blessed with a special atmosphere accentuated by the use of water sprays on the bushes of azalea, rhododendrons and camellias.
The Monte-Carlo walk will take around 1 hour (excluding museums).
For children, there is the Trocadero garden, Place des Moulins and the merry go round on the Esplanade du Larvotto.
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