Divided into four areas, Monaco is the second smallest independent state in the world. It's stylish, lavish, and known as the playground of the rich and famous. Monte Carlo, its capital, is ultra-glamorous, and the grand casino is the epitome of this. Its tax-free status means residents fill its luxury boutiques and party on super-yachts moored in the Grimaldi's Palais Princier.
Monaco is a largely Catholic, and sensible dress is still expected despite its tourist culture. Its official language is French, and Italian and French influences are widespread and visible. Festivals and parties say everything about Monaco's glamorous international image. The Film Festival and Grand Prix attract world-wide attention and world-famous celebrities. The Grand Prix is acknowledged as the highlight of the Formula 1 season. The Monte Carlo Casino was designed by French architect Charles Garnier in the19th century and is one of the famous in Europe. Jackets and ties set the scene, and those who step through the door have the chance to live the life of James Bond for a night.
Food and Drink
Restaurants including, Le Louis XV and La Coupole are among the most luxurious and elegant dining experiences possible to find. All restaurants deliver high-class international service and can offer their guests an unforgettable experience. Nothing completes an evening like the finest French champagne and diners in Monaco have access the finest quality money can buy. Service charges are normally added by establishments before bills are presented to the customer, but tipping extra for an outstanding dining experience is accepted.
Monaco has always been an important port, and neighbouring countries have battled throughout its history to occupy it. The Saracens controlled Monaco until around the tenth century when Count Grimaldi took control. The family have defended stoutly against many attacks, mainly from the people of Spain and Genoa. In July 1918, a treaty was signed providing limited French protection over Monaco. The treaty, formally noted in the Treaty of Versailles, established that Monegasque policy would be aligned with French political, military, and economic interests. In 1993, Monaco became an official member of the United Nations with full voting rights.