THE non-existence of any Guide-book to Mentone, or of any history of Monaco
and its neighbourhood, except the small summary of Monsieur Rendu, has induced
the author to publish the following notes, descriptive of five months spent at
Mentone, from November, 1860, to May, 1861.
The accounts of the excursions are derived from personal experience. The many
local traditions and histories which have been added, are due to the assistance
of the Mentonese residents, whose ready kindness and sympathy in any
undertaking, cannot fail to impress every stranger who visits them.
The materials for the History of Monaco, have been drawn partly from the
admirable pamphlet of Dr. Bottini, on "L'Annexation," and partly from
the manuscript collections formed by the late Colonel Trenca, and extracted from
the archives at Turin.