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Congratulations to Alberto and Charlene – Monaco and West Liguria

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Friday was a special day for Monaco, Montecarlo.

As most of your probably know, Prince Albert married with Charlene Wittstock first on Friday July, 1 with the civil ceremony, and then Saturday with the religious ceremony at the Grimaldi Palace at Monaco Ville. At the Palace Andrea Bocelli performed the Ave Maria in front of the 850 guests from all over the world.

The week-end has been rather active in Monaco and the entire area, with many more people than what usually visiting the little Principality during the Grand Prix, normally the busiest time of the year for Monaco. The autorities had expected more than 200,000 people travelling to the area during the long week-end of the wedding.

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On Friday evening, on the occasion of the aperitif offered by the Palace, it was good to congratulate Alberto and Charlene, who looked tired but happy.

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Monaco is an opportunity for our homes in Italy, especially West Liguria of course.

Beside the various events everyone knows, like the Grand Prix (at the end of May), the Boat Show (in the second half of September) and the Circus (in January), Monaco offers also the occasion of a day trip to visit the Oceanographic Museum at Monaco Ville, to spend a day shopping in the Principality or simply breath a "different" atmosphere.

The Tennis is getting more and more important too. It is held normally in the second half of April (it will started on April 16 in 2012), and it is a rather interesting spectacle to watch the tennis match from the Montecarlo Country Club, which offers a breathtaking view to the bay and the Monaco Beach Hotel.

To reach Monaco from our Italian Home in Liguria is convenient.

You can drive easily from Colletta and Bergeggi. Both Colletta and Dominio San Sebastiano are close by. About 1 hour Colletta and less than one hour and half Dominio San Sebastiano.

Most of the route is highway and than a few kilometres driving down to Monaco from the highway exit Roquebrune – Cap Martin.

You can also take the train, it would be particularly convenient if you are coming to one of the really busy events like the Grand Prix or the Tennis. It will take about 1 hour to Ventimiglia and then around 20 minutes to Monaco. Being Montecarlo so small, it will eventually be very convenient to move around in town without a car.

I look forward to hearing from you on the above.

Ciao,

Luca Catalano