The Palais Princier, or Prince’s Palace at one end of the rock platform that supports Monaco-Ville.
The Palais Princier is the official residence of Prince Albert II. Built in 1191 by the Genoese it’s been fought over for hundreds of year but has been home to the Grimaldi family off and on since 1297 (when François Grimaldi captured the fortress disguised as a monk) with a little help from their French friends.
Tours of the Palace State Apartments are available throughout most days or just wander the streets for free, check out the panoramic views over the port and Monte Carlo and watch the changing of the guard at 11. 55am daily.
The little streets in the old town are very reminiscent of Nice’s Vieille Ville, and prices didn’t seem too different either.