Fodor's Expert Review Palais Princier
The famous Rock, crowned by the palace where the royal family resides, stands west of Monte Carlo. An audio guide leading you through this sumptuous chunk of history, first built in the 13th century and expanded and enhanced over the centuries, reveals an extravagance of 16th- and 17th-century frescoes, as well as tapestries, gilt furniture, and paintings on a grand scale. Note that the Relève de la Garde (Changing of the Guard) is held outside the front entrance of the palace most days promptly at 11:55 am. Les Grands Appartements are open to the public from early April through October, and you can buy a joint ticket with the Muséé Océanographique. Beginning in mid-July, a summer concert series can be enjoyed at 9:30 pm in the palace's glorious courtyard. Tickets can be purchased through the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (www.opmc.com).