The world is divided in two in Monte Carlo: The rich and those who want to feel rich.
Half an hour from Nice and a little over three hours from Milan by car, Monte Carlo makes a good luxury pit-stop to mingle with the stylish crowd of well-heeled Europeans. This small city that occupies 0.234 square miles is easy to explore in a day or two if you want to see a remnant of lingering old glamour and have a glimpse of the life of high society.
Stay in a swanky hotel, lounge at the exclusive beach club by day, dine on the terrace of a finest restaurant in the evening (with a view of the fleet of multi-million dollar yachts docked in the harbor), spend an evening at the legendary Monte Carlo Casino (go see the exuberant Bell Epoque architecture even if you don’t play a single hand of blackjack).
It’s also a charming experience to walk up the winding hills of the old town to tour the Royal Palace, which is also a perfect spot to watch the sunset.