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Old town in Monaco

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Old town in Monaco

Is the old town of Monaco worth a visit? I am planning to take a bus line from Menton to Roqeubrune and continuing to Nice (base) and possibly hop off the bus in Monaco and Villefranche (been to Villefranche before though). Is old town of Monaco worth a visit? I have zero interest in the glitz and glamor of Monaco itself, but i had heard the old-town was quite quaint. Opinions?

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1. Re: Old town in Monaco

If you take Bus 100 to get to Menton in the first place, you can decide for yourself on the way through whether Monaco is worth a visit. Glitz and glamour are most unlikely to be in evidence unless you plan on visiting during the Grand Prix, in high summer, or on New Year's Eve.

Monaco Ville, on top of the Rocher, is charming and the ground easily covered in half an hour. The Changing of the Guard happens daily at 11.55. The State Apartments of the Palais Princier are open to the public until 31 October, the Cathedral and Oceanographic Museum open all year round. It's worth checking to see if there is a cruise ship in port on the day you visit, because that tends to make it a bit crowded up there.

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IMO the Old Town I Monaco is worth visiting -indeed the only part of the Tiny Fairy Tale Principality which has any historical intest. Apart from the great view the Oceanographival Museum is unique. Palace and Cathedral worth viewing, some nice cafes and restaurants that don't fit in the Mega expense bracket. The Changing of the Guard is a bit of a joke don't expect Buckingham Palace.

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Contrary to WB's view, the Changing of the Guard is not a joke, and resembles quite closely the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

WB, if you want historical interest, you should come back to Monaco to visit either of the New National Museum of Monaco buildings, both are lovely old villas that have been lovingly restored and updated. And the Casino and the Salle Garnier, both of which pre-date the Cathedral and the Oceanographic Museum.

The OP is looking for 'quaint', and he/she will find it on the Rocher. At least we are agreed on that.

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IMO the changing of the guard is laughable. For military style ceremony to be interesting you need highly trained participants, such as the British Brigade of Guards or the US Marines. Apart from the Monaco Ville area, the ostentatious display of wealth of the tax evading residents is the main interest in Monaco.

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thanks, you think combining menton, roquebrune, monaco ville and possibly dinner in Villefranche is too much?

Edited: 16 October 2013, 12:48
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are you travelling by magic carpet?

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I will take that as a no! I thought I could take the train to Menton from Nice. Spend appx 5 hours b/w Roquebrune and Nice, take bus through Monaco mid afternoon, spend an hour there and contiune and stop for dinner in Villefranche.....not likely?

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It's a fairly common affliction that is seen on this Forum.....the Disneyland approach.

People want to get in the "Park" and race around and get on as many rides as they possibly can....irrespective of what (if any) enjoyment they will get out of their visit.

Slow down....see less....enjoy ot more.

While Monaco Ville is the only area of Monaco worth visiting......the Changing of the Guards is indeed underwhelming.

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If you take the train you should be able to do Nice to Menton in about 40 minutes each way.It's a worthwhile journey scenery-wise. Maybe a quick look around Menton and Monaco before getting back to Villefranche for dinner (a more preferable destination anyway). Forget Roquebrune - the actual village is perched,like Eze, high above the track.

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forget Roquebrune? I thought it was possible to walk there from the bus (i am pretty healthy :)) Is Roquebrune not worth visiting?

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