Why are there two Monacos on an Italian map? European city names explained

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Smoky bay, black pool and merchants’ harbor There’s a funny idiosyncrasy on Italian maps: There are two Monacos. One is a principality on Italy’s northwestern border, the other is Germany’s third-largest city. The reason is simple. Monaco means “monk” in Italian, and both of these places were once known for the hermits who inhabited them. […]