In 43 BC, Julius Caesar concentrated his army in the port of Monaco, while we awaited the arrival of Pompey, who had taken refuge in Illyria. In the 12th century, Frederic Redbeard, the Emperor of Germany, gave Genoa sovereignty over Monaco and the entire Ligurian coast. It was at this time that a great Ligurian family, the Grimaldis, began to play a leading role in the history of Genoa. The Grimaldi were Guelphs who went into exile when the Ghibbellins seized power in 1295. Francois Grimaldi became the master of the Rock of Monaco after entering the fortress disguised as a monk. From that moment on, the power of the Grimaldis over Monaco would be consolidated France than annexed Monaco in 1509, but the Grimaldis regained autonomy for their tiny state thanks to the treaties of Burgos and Tordesillas.
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Its halls make up an interesting museum with tableaux by Giorgione, Holbein, Van Loo, Champaigne, Rigaud and other artists. There is also Japanese furniture, Venetian antiques, a fresco portraying ,, Renown leading the Army of the Grimaldi, and the bed wherein the Duke of York died at the end of the 18th century. It is also remarkable for the Palace Archives and the Napoleonic Museum with a collection of coins stamped in Monaco and other souvenirs of the Napoleonic era.
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***** Riviera Marriott Hotel - La Porte De Monaco
Casting a serene reflection upon the Cap d'Ail harbor on France's Cote d'Azur, the Riviera Marriott La Porte de Monaco Hotel captures the spirit of Monaco. It's a magical place, where you can loose yourself in its fragrant breezes, profound beauty and international allure. As one of the premier hotels in Monaco, you'll be introduced to a superior level of service and amenities.
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***** Hotel La Perouse - 11, Quai Rauba Capeu 063000 Nice
A hidden gem of the French Riviera built on a promontory next to the sea, the establishment offers the most beautiful view of Nice and the Bay of Angels. You arrive through a discrete entrance, as if you were visiting a private home. Next, an elevator takes you to the heart of this high perched building filled with charming labyrinths and clinging to a steep hillside covered with luxurious Mediterranean vegetation. The impression of a patrician mansion is reinforced by warms tones on the outside facade, contrasting with surprisingly contemporary furnishings made in fine materials on the inside.
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