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Considering that Monte Carlo is just 30 minutes from both Nice and Italy, it makes for an easy day trip.
Begin your day with a visit to the State Apartments at the Prince’s Palace, which is built on the site of a fortress that dates back to the 13th century. Though the palace is the private residence of Prince Albert II, the State Apartments are open to the public and worth a visit. Like many palaces, this one reads like a museum — with gorgeous art adorning the already grand rooms. You’ll see a big piece of Monaco’s history.
After strolling through the State Apartments, head to a café for lunch. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest making your way down to the yacht-filled harbor and grabbing a seat at one of the many terraces and settling in for some Monegasque specialties. And if you’re visiting during the summer, make a trip to Larvotto Beach, which is Monaco’s only public beach.
With a full stomach, make your way up to the Oceanographic Museum, where you’ll find an aquarium as well as artifacts from Prince Albert I’s numerous expeditions. Whether you’ve brought the kids with you or not, this is a great spot to get out of the sun (Monaco averages 300 days of sun per year) and explore another side of the principality’s history.
If you plan to stay for dinner, make a reservation at Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse. Recently celebrating its 25th anniversary, this world-famous restaurant is located inside the even more famous Hôtel de Paris.
Following your gastronomic experience at dinner, head to the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo. Gambler or not, a trip to this casino is a must when visiting Monte Carlo. The glamorous casino is always full of celebrities and royalty.