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Fontvieille, the business district

Fontvieille, the business district

The distrct of Fontvieille was completely reclaimed from the sea during the reign of Prince Rainier III. The Principality made use of cutting-edge technology to build this area which was chosen as the site to accommodate light industry, high-tech and non-polluting companies.

Also within this district is Monaco's sports stadium, Stade Louis II, which was opened in 1985. Comprising a football field with 16,000 seats, and surrounded by an athletics track, a 3,000-seat sports hall and an Olympic-sized heated fresh water swimming pool, this venue hosts many international competitions and is regarded as 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
Also within Fontvieille, step onto the Sculpture Path to discover beautiful, over-sized works by such distinguished artists as Arman, Blake, Botero, Calder, and César. Almost one hundred contemporary works sit alongside monumental creations by sculptors living in Monaco. Nearby is the heart-shaped Rose Garden dedicated to Princess Grace. Here you can admire almost 4,000 roses - almost 180 varieties - and enjoy their wonderful fragrances. Duration of the walk: 2 hours.
Climbing back up the Esplanade Rainier III, you will find no less than four museums, parks and gardens which will enchant and charm you!
If you have a passion for cars, then the Exhibition of HSH the Prince of Monaco’s Car Collection will delight you. More than 100 vintage vehicles from the great car makers of Europe and America as well as horse-drawn coaches and carriages are on display: from a De Dion Bouton 1903 to a Lamborghini Countach 1986, a 1929 Bugatti, Citroen Torpedo of the Croisière Jaune and a 1952 Rolls Royce. Each one of these meticulously maintained gleaming models illustrates an historic page in the motoring history of the 20th Century. Visit duration: 1 hour, tel: 00 377 92 05 28 56.

The Esplanade Rainier III also houses the Museum of Stamps and Coins. This museum opened its doors in early 1996 and highlights the magnificent stamps and coins of the private collection of HSH the sovereign Prince. Visit duration: 45 minutes, tel: 00 377 93 15 41 50.
The nearby Naval Museum brings together some 180 superb models of famous ships including several from the private collection of HSH the Sovereign Prince. Models of large trans-Atlantic liners such as the 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 Dr Jean-Louis Etienne. Visit duration: 45 minutes, tel: 00 377 92 05 28 48.
Under the shade of tropical trees across the way, lies the Principality's Zoological Park where many species of tropical and African fauna including a black panther, white tiger, hippopotamus, rhinos, reptiles and exotic birds live in exemplary, comfortable conditions. Visit duration: 1½ to 2 hours, tel: 00 377 93 25 18 31.
Fontvieille is also the site for the Monaco Heliport. Be dazzled by the vast blue of the sea from high above Monaco when you take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter trip to nearby destinations. Flying over the Principality and discovering the dazzling panorama of the Cote d’Azur from exhilarating heights is an unforgettable experience. Two helicopter companies operate seven days a week from Monaco Heliport at Avenue des Ligures: Heli Air Monaco: 00 377 92 050 050 or Monacair: 00 377 97 97 39 00. Flight duration from 10 minutes.
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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