Fodor's Expert Review Casino Monte-Carlo
Place du Casino is the center of Monte Carlo and a must-see, even if you don't like to bet. Into the gold-leaf splendor of the casino, the hopeful descend from tour buses to tempt fate beneath the gilt-edge rococo ceiling—and some spend much more than planned here, as did the French actress Sarah Bernhardt, who lost once 100,000 francs. Jackets are required after 8 pm in the private back rooms, which open at 4 pm. Bring your passport (under-18s not admitted) and note the €10 admission to get into any of the period gaming rooms (open from 2 pm). For €10 you can also visit the casino in the off-hours (daily 9–noon) for access to all rooms.