Racing fans and Italophiles can combine their passions into one fabulous vacation with a visit to the Italian Grand Prix. Located in Monza, near Milan, this premier Formula One race tops many car enthusiast’s bucket lists. If you are planning a trip to the Italian Grand Prix this fall, here is some useful information for you to know as you plan your holiday.
Milan is the closest big city to Monza and it offers much for visitors to see and do. The Duomo is the fourth largest church in the world and a “must see” for many travelers. There are several outstanding art galleries in Milan, such as the Pinacoteca di Brera. Soccer fans will enjoy a tour of San Siro football stadium, home to both AC Milan and Inter Milan. Relax and dine like a local in the center of town at Piazza del Duomo before checking out the vast nightlife in town.
Those seeking a more tranquil getaway may want to consider Lake Como. This serene area is a short drive to the north of Monza. While Como doesn’t bustle like Milan does, there is no shortage of lovely hotels and fine restaurants to enjoy.
The most direct way for racing enthusiasts to get to the Italian Grand Prix is to travel to Milan. There are two main airports in the city: Linate and Malpensa. Most international flights enter the country at Malpensa. If you can arrange a flight into Linate, it is closer to the city center and more convenient for accessing the track. Orio Al Serio is a smaller local airport that is a 40 kilometer drive from the circuit.
Shuttle buses operate from all three airports and can transport visitors from the airports to Milan. The Malpensa Express Train is the quickest trip. Once you arrive in Milan, you have access to a full array of public and private transportation options, including buses, trams, the subway, and taxis.
Transportation: Getting Around
Monza is located in a national park and public vehicle entry is extremely limited. There is about a 20 minute walk from the different train and bus drop-off points to the grandstands. Many visitors to Monza opt to rent a car and drive to the track. There is no parking in the circuit, but ample parking is available around the area, with shuttle buses that will take you to the drop off points.
If you wish to take the train from Milan to Monza station, shuttle buses run from the station to the Vedano entrance of the track. You will have to walk from that point to the circuit gates, and the walk takes approximately 20 minutes. Public bus service is also available from Milan to Monza. Biassono/Lesmo station is the closest stop and is near stands 9/10
There are Formula One ticket options to fit every budget. For the ultimate fan experience, opt for a Paddock Club Package. Prices range from $976 for one day to $5,185 for the ultimate 3 day package. The Formula One Paddock Club at Monaza is located above the pits and opposite the start/finish line. The garden entrance has a high terrace and multiple lounge areas. Seats are available in the Tribuna Ascari grandstand as well. Parking passes are provided with this booking.
Black-Race Club tickets are already selling out. Prices range from $968-$2700 for these exclusive seats on the first and second floors above the starting grids. Platinum Seats are priced just below $2,000 and provide seating in the Garden and Grandstand hospitality areas. There are a variety of seats available in the different areas of the track, as well as general admission tickets.
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