Monaco, Monte Carlo Information
This is the second smallest independent state in the world and is six times the size of the Vatican which is the smallest. However, Monaco is the world’s most densely populated independent country and is almost entirely urban. Monte Carlo is not the capital of Monaco but a government district. With no natural resources to exploit, other than its location and climate, the principality has become a resort for tourists and a tax haven for businesses.
If your wallet permits, try your luck in the Grand Casino and gamble alongside the world’s richest and often most famous people. You’ll need your passport to enter (as Monégasque citizens are prohibited from gambling at the casino) and the fees for entry range enormously, from 30 to hundreds of Euros, depending on the room you wish to access. For a nominal fee, you can also access the casino and not gamble. The gaming rooms themselves are spectacular with stained glass, paintings and sculptures in abundance. However, the dress code is extremely strict and men are required to wear jackets and ties and casual or ‘tennis’ shoes are forbidden.
Since 1955, the Monaco Grand Prix has been held annually in the streets of Monaco and it is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. The erection of the Circuit de Monaco takes six weeks to complete and the removal after the race takes another three weeks. The circuit has many elevation changes and tight corners, together with a tunnel. The course is incredibly narrow and tight which makes it perhaps the most demanding Formula One track.
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