Find out more about the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, including race information and a destination guide for a visit to Milan
One of F1’s most iconic and atmospheric circuits, the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is known as the Temple of Speed. On the calendar for every year except one, the track has the highest average speed of any currently used, with three chicanes - the Variante del Rettifilo, the Variante della Roggia and the Variante Ascari - punctuating the long straights. The first chicane is followed by the flat out Curva Grande right hander, before the two Lesmos come after the Variante della Roggia and the lap ends with the iconic Parabolica. A circuit which is all about good top speed, traction and braking stability in order to deliver a fast lap time.
Monza is an affluent suburb of Milan and as such offers a pretty town centre as well as some traditional Italian sights. As well as exploring the pedestrianised streets in the town, the walk between the beautiful park - where the circuit is located - and the town centre can take you past the stunning Villa Reale.
Make the most of the circuit’s history too with a visit to the old banking, which was used as part of the grand prix circuit in its early world championship years. The banking has recently been resurfaced in order to allow demonstration runs on it but remains an awesome sight.
The city of Milan provides plenty of accommodation options as well as sights to explore. The Duomo di Milano is the main cathedral and sits in a large piazza, with the ornate Galleria Vittorio Emanuale II off to one side, featuring marble floors, glass roofing and a number of shops.
Castello Sforzesco (Sforzesco Castle) can be found in the city centre, served by the metro, with the 15th-century fortress home to a number of museums and historical art.
From a sporting point of view, the San Siro stadium is located to the west of the city centre, home to both Inter and AC Milan, two of the largest and most successful clubs in Italian football.
As it is located to the north of Milan, Monza is close to the Italian lakes, and Lake Como is easily accessible by car in order to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
HOW TO GET THERE
Milan is well served when it comes to airports, with Malpensa the main airport to the north of the city but over an hour’s drive from Monza itself. Milan-Bergamo is to the north east and actually a short drive. If relying solely on public transport, although it requires a bus or taxi from the airport to Bergamo station, you can then catch a train directly to Monza.
Trains also run from Milan Centrale station to Monza, where shuttle buses run throughout the race weekend to take fans to the circuit in the park. If you’re feeling adventurous, the station is about an hour’s walk from the circuit, through the town centre and past the Villa Reale.