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Perhaps the attraction that best exemplifies Monaco's capital city is its casino. The building's beaux-arts design was overseen by Charles Garnier, architect of the Paris opera. And likewise, this grand casino also contains the city's opera and ballet. If this complex looks familiar, it's because you may have seen it before in the James Bond films, "Never Say Never Again" and "Goldeneye." It was also the inspiration for the casino in Ian Fleming’s first Bond book, "Casino Royale."

Recent visitors said the casino is a must-see when you're in Monaco, citing its grand decor, variety of gaming options and plentiful people-watching as prime reasons you'll enjoy your visit. Some travelers did note the casino was on the small side, compared to the sprawling casinos of Las Vegas.

To get in, you must be 18 or older, properly attired (the more glamorous, the better) and you must pay an entry fee of 10 euros (about $11.50). After that, it’s up to you as to how much money you want to lose, ahem spend, at roulette, blackjack, poker, etc. The casino officially opens for gaming at 2 p.m., but it's also available to tour between 9 a.m. and noon every day, except during the Grand Prix. For more information, visit the official website.

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