Raised on a rocky outcrop above the rest of Monaco is the principality's historic old town, home to a palace, a cathedral and a museum.

Monaco-Ville, the historic old town of Monaco, is impossible to miss. The collection of picturesque old buildings stands on top of cliffs that stretch into the Mediterranean. Learn about the lives of the nation's royal family in the church where the principality’s monarchs are married and the palace where they live, before exploring the Oceanographic Museum, Monaco's “Temple of the Sea.”

Wander the narrow streets which lead across the headland. The cafés and houses that line them are typical of the French Riviera and often feature excellent views of the sea.

Gain insight into life as a prince in the historic home of the Grimaldis, the Prince's Palace. More than a dozen of the State Apartments are open to the public as a museum. For more royal discoveries, head to the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, the official church of the diocese of Monaco. This church has hosted the weddings and funerals of the Grimaldi family, including Grace Kelly's marriage to Prince Rainier.

Stare into the eyes of a shark at the Oceanographic Museum. This striking museum building, seemingly carved out of the cliff face, features an aquarium that is over 19 feet (6 meters) deep and is filled with water pumped in from the sea. Browse the environmentally focused displays and learn about the part you can play in protecting the oceans.

Enjoy an evening of theater in the open air at Fort Antoine, a stone amphitheater on the tip of the promontory. Even if you don't have a ticket for a show, head toward the edge of the outcrop to admire the views of the Riviera coastline.

Browse religious art in the Museum of the Chapel of Visitation. The Baroque-style chapel is worth visiting simply for the elegance of the interior, which features paintings by Rubens and Ribera.

Monaco-Ville is easy to find at its prominent spot high on the city's landscape. Reach the area by walking south from the station for 15 minutes or taking a public bus. Leave your rental car behind as only local cars, indicated by their license plates, are allowed in Monaco-Ville.

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