Symbolizing luxury and old-fashioned glamour, Monte Carlo is a glorious Eden: perfectly manicured and architecturally grand. Today it is the most expensive piece of real estate on the planet—remarkable considering it was once poor, virtually uninhabitable, rather inaccessible, and facing a bleak future. From its ancient Phoenician origins to its development in the Belle Époque to its burgeoning power as a global nancial center, In the Spirit of Monte Carlo chronicles the more than 700-year-old Grimaldi dynasty, the creation of the powerful Société des Bains de Mer, the artists and socialites who rst put the Principality on the map and how Hollywood darling Grace Kelly attracted the celebrity spotlight. The book also covers the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene, and legendary Grand Prix race, and the recent controversial metamorphosis of the cityscape. Featuring interviews with Monegasques, long time residents, and frequent and famous visitors, In the Spirit of Monte Carlo includes an insider’s guide with Fiori’s selection of the best hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs, shopping, attractions, and activities in Monte Carlo and its environs.