But if you head to the town's great 1864 landmark Hôtel de Paris—still a veritable crossroads of the buffed and befurred Euro-gentry—or enjoy a grand bouffe at its famous Louis XV restaurant, or attend the opera, or visit the ballrooms of the casino, you may still be able to conjure up Monaco's elegant past.
Nelly Furtado hid her 5ft2in curvaceous figure beneath an unflattering tent dress at the inaugural Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean in Monaco on Thursday.
The 38-year-old Grammy winner - who's gained weight since her early 2000s heyday - covered up in a sleeveless comfy creation featuring silver-sequinned stripes selected by stylist Phil Gomez.
Upping the sex appeal further, the frock then cut into a sexy split on one side, to show off her long and slender pins to all as she posed for cameras at the bash.
Remaining co-ordinated from head to toe, the blonde tied her look together with bronze sandal heels and a matching necklace of metallic pearls.
Located in the southeast of the French Provence region, Antibes ranks among France’s oldest cities.
Originally named ‘Antipolis’, Antibes was founded by Greek merchants in the 5th century.
The Old City is a maze of small, flower-bedecked streets with Roman and Medieval sections.
A portion of the impressive 16th-century ramparts overlooking the Mediterranean Sea still protect the heart of the Old City. The first is Antibes, which includes the Old City and ramparts.
Joining Furtado at the Monaco Garnier Opera were Adrien Brody, Olga Kurylenko, Lior Suchard, Robin Thicke, as well as the evening's hosts Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco.