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monza circuit - autodromo nazionale di monza italy
Venue Physical Address: Autodromo Nazionale Monza Sias Spa., Via Vedano 5, Parco di Monza, 20052, Monza, Italia Monza Map
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From Milan: Easily accessible either via the A1 or A4 routes then the S36 into the town itself. Clear signage appears mid-week before a big race
By train: The station (ferrostatione)in Monza is called appropriately "Stazione di Monza" and it's around 15 minutes train travel from Milano Central Train Station. From there you'll get a shuttle to the front gates of the park. For info, ordering tickets, & train timetables see trenitalia.it - Italian national railways.
Parking: Loads. But you will PAY. There's parking in the park, parking by the campsite (both need to be purchased with tickets for around 50EUR for the weekend) and mounds of traffic island parking for miles around the circuit (for around 20EUR per day), but it gets very, very, very, busy. Better to get a train, or camp, and beat the rush. Note: You will not be able to reach the campground near the circuit by car anytime after 10pm on Saturday night before a BIG event. People go out saturday night and begin to crowd narrow park roads leading to the circuit on an all night, singing chanting party, and driving through these throngs is near impossible. Believe me, I know. At Monza Saturday night sleep usually happens between dawn and morning warm up.
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MXP - Milano Malpensa Airport:
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Milano Malpensa MPX is Milan's airport for international flights.
Getting from this airport to the downtown Commune di Milano is easy. A modern express train, the Malpensa Express, 12EUR, runs from the airport grounds and shuttle busses run a regular service (3.50EUR each way). Cabs of course run night and day.
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LIN Milan Linate Airport LIML (only 15Mis/20KMs from the monza circuit),
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Milan Litante is another inter-European and domestic airport. Check for a bargain flight if you’re hopping in from any major European city. Many small european carriers offer 100USD hops from anywhere to just about anywhere and Milano, central as it is, and being one of the busiest airports in Europe, always seems to feature.
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Hotels Accommodations nearby Monza Circuit and in Milan / Milano Italy??
For Hotels / Motels and resort Accommodations near monza circuit and nearby milano see:
listing of Hotels near Monza Circuit (all avaiable lodging for 100km / 60 miles radius of the town of monza.
> Distance from:
> Milano Italy Hotels - About 10 miles / 14 kms
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> Is there camping at the track? Yep. You can camp right beside the track. Staying in Monza itself, or the two small villlages either side of the Parco, will be very difficult, if not impossible, unless you have friends in the area. Cities like nearby Milano, Verona, and even further away like Florence, and towns like Como profit enormously during a race weekend. But don’t worry. You might be far from the track but you won’t miss the race. A revolution would occur if Italians were prevented from seeing their beloved Ferraris, and trains are available, but there will be a crush, so leave plenty of time.
Most people seem content to camp in the Parco, where the race is situated, and there are several campsite areas around the track. Probably none more quiet than any other. Some with their own wooden platformed make-shift discoteques. There is ample space but not too many facilities, so bring what you'll need. There is a small supermarket near the circuit on the Biassono side, and the towns nearby for certain supplies but don't expect them to be fully stocked with toothpaste on the weekend you and 100,000 other people are looking for it.
The few showers around the track will be busy at all times because of the 'city' that evolves around them and the portable toilet facilities will also be less than sanitary already by Friday night since people tend to make a week of Monza. It is advised you bring your own water. Many of the camping areas (really just carparks on grass) also feature makeshift discoteques formed by a few speakers, and a wooden dance floor. You can find out more about camping (recommended) at the circuit's website camping information page (English).
You can rove the track all night. Which isn't as horrendous as it sounds when you consider that you can visit corners huge in racing history and pay your respects.
Border Crossings: Border Crossings:Northern Italy borders to Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and France. EU borders are seldom even noticable these days since travel through EU countries is open. However, if you are crossing any of the road/rail borders from Slovenia, you’ll require a current passport, until the full conversion of Slovenija into the EU. Recently the beautiful small nation converted its currency to Euros. Find Slovenia Hotels and see my guid to Ljubljana Slovenia
LOCAL TRANSIT / TRANSFERS TO THE TRACK
TIPS FOR DRIVERS IN ITALYYou'll need your eyes, ears and several other senses. Driving in Italy is like dodgem cars with bullies. Many parking areas in towns other than around the circuit, including milan, don’t have meters, but may still require a parking fee. Such a ticket is available at tabacs. (convenience stores)
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> Where's the Map of Monza Circuit Area Milan / Milano?
> Check out this Monza satellite and road map
Here's a great PDF map of the entire parco de monza circuit / gardens / villa with notes. (mappa, cartina parco di monza)
> Got the weather and radar? Milan Weather Forecast
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> What else is there to do?
Movies: All films in italy are shown with italian overdubbing. It's quite a treat to see an American film this way. Particularly one you know well, if you don't speak the language. With such a fine cinematic history, there is never a shortage of Cinema's in Italy, showing every kind of film imaginable.
Casinos? I never bothered to ask. Do you know?
Restaurant Tip: Anywhere in Milan which looks homely and is away from the main tourism areas. You'll find them, the Milanese need to eat too, and in these little family places, they know how to cook!
Shopping: Milan is the home of Benneton, Versace, D&G, Armani, and, you name it. In fact shopping in the 3-mile main shopping street that runs though the heart of the city, seems more like wandering between clothes racks, and the reward is that at the end of it , and I defy you to make that trip without loading up with stuff along the way, you’ll be able to put down your shopping bags and stare in wonder at the Piazza del Duomo and the historical center where you will be awestruck in a totally different way, and after you’ve caught your breath and fended off the street sellers who’ll try to sell you fake designer handbags that are hanging in rows off their arms (for a quick get away from the cops) you can go shopping again because wrapped around the Piazza you'll find the world’s most exclusive shopping mall - the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. I’ve come to hold off my clothes buying sprees until September every year. Better still, come back during your visit to the Bologna Motor Show in December and really clean up on the bargains!!!
Sports Hint: Italian Soccer Season runs in September. Check the Inter-Milano Football team home page for their schedule and ticket purchase options.
> Speed related stuff we got to check out nearby:
> Go visit Imola or Maranello home of the ferrari museum. At Imola, nearer to Bologna, but still in the northern part of Italy (everything is relative), you'll find the Ayrton Senna Monument at at Maranello you'll find the Fiorano Ferrari Test Track and expensive red things that go fast, in fact, some old red things and some very new red things.
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Places of Worship Check out a church on every corner of downtown milan
> Liquor Laws: The legal drinking age in ITALY is 18.
>Local Currency: Eurodollar (EUR) TIP: Buy your Euros from your bank at home to save on high tourist conversion fees. Draw local money from ATMs.
> TIPPING: Not expected, no matter how aggressively the waiter implies he deserves every dollar you have spare. Where you're impressed with the service, you'll usually round up the bill 10%.. Careful this hasn't already been 'presumed' in your bill.
> TAXES: ???
> ATM Locator: Try VISA.com - they used to have a nice one
See also my sometimes updated page of USD / EUR Euro Dollar Foreign Exchange Rate page and my page of Currencies of the world
> Time Zone: CET (Central European Time) GMT + 1
Godspeed, Cvetko Ostroznik
AT THE TRACK
> Museum hopping? YOu'll have fun in milan
A FEW NOTES ABOUT MONZA & MILANO
Monza is a small town 14KMs/10MIs north-east of Milan. Over 25 years ago my race travel adventures began in Monza when I hitch-hiked 140KMs with one race ticket and the equivalent of $5USD in my pocket! I was "adopted" by a family of race fans for the weekend & had to sleep under a tree, but with that weekend, my life with motorsport began. It still brings back so many memories for me. My favorite thing to do in the entire racing world is to visit the old parabolica late at night on a race weekend, climb to the top, & thank my lucky stars for all the amazing things I've had the good fortune to see and do in my life. (see below for some recent tips and pics of the famous HIstorical Monza Parabolica)
Check out my Imola / Bologna / Maranello and Misano Adriatico visitors' guides too.
MONZA ITALY - ITALIAN F1 GRAND PRIX TRAVEL REPORTS
A FEW NOTES ABOUT MONZA & MILANO
Recently I had an email from a site visitor, Rosco Liersch, about his wanting to visit the old parabolica at Monza as part of his sacred visiting f1 historical destinations dream. I sent him a bunch of information and a few weeks later he sent me back a great email with some updated info and pics about his great trip!
As requested please find some images attached from our recent trip to Italy
and Monza. We visited on the Friday before this years (2011) Italian GP and sadly it poured rain but we got drenched but it was worth it.
A few points of interest / tips for visiting Monza F1 circuit and the old Parabolica :
*Catch a bus or cab from the train station as it is about a 40km walk. (Ed: seems like that, really, it's less than 2-3 kms from Monza station)
*The whole park is surrounded by a stone fence, once inside there are
various walking/bike paths that are well sign-posted to get you to various
parts of the circuit.
*If you have time spend it exploring the villas and various roads within the
park complex as it is very scenic.
*If you take the entrance into the circuit that runs parallel to the back
straight (walking in the opposite direction the cars circulate on the) you
will see what appears to be a bridge, look closely and it isnt. It's
actually the old Parabolica. Jump up the small stone fence, go through the
hole in the fence either side and pull yourself up via some small tree limbs
and you will be up walking on the Parabolica as we did. If it's a quiet day
like ours you can walk the whole old bank circuit I would say without anyone
*Make sure you cross under the pits onto the main straight and take some
time to sit in the grandstands.
*Cross back over into the pits and at the main entrance you will find the
bronze Fangio/Mercedes Benz statue and a really good gift shop.
*Finally, I could find no memorials to Peterson, Rindt or Ascari.
Hope this helps and thankyou for your help.
Regards, Ross Liersch
Monza Old Parabolica Pictures:
Venue: AUTODROMO MONZA FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT Italy EUROPE
Eric Alchowiak's Review of travel tips he picked up at Monza Italy, 2007
I’m not going to describe the races because you already know about those. I'm just passing on my experience in attending both races Monza (below) and Spa Belgium in 2007.
My wife was bugging me for a European vacation but, at least, she let me do the planning. With Monza and Spa back-to-back, I picked our dates to cover those races. Now we just couldn’t go to Monza and Spa. Since this was a “vacation” I had to throw in a couple of extra cities for her benefit and I couldn’t attend all three days for each race (that would have taken up too much “vacation” time). In the interest of domestic tranquility, I could only attend race day.
First I had to get race tickets. Monza looked pretty simple. Logged on to their website and looked at tickets. Almost everything was sold out since I only started planning in July. Also, only 3 day tickets are available - no single dates. I decided to bite the bullet and buy a 3 day ticket with the intention of blowing off Friday and Saturday. I settled on grandstand 23 - the Inner Parabolica $295. Monza sent the tickets and they came pretty fast - by DHL. The Friday ticket is good for any grandstand. The Saturday and Sunday tickets are good only for the grandstand they were sold for. By the time the tickets arrived, I got the brilliant idea to sell off the Friday and Saturday portions. I went to a British ticket-selling site (the StubHub of England) and sold those very quickly - maybe someone’s wife told him he could attend Friday and Saturday but not Sunday. They credited my Paypal account in British pounds which Paypal converted to US dollars painlessly (the Brits offered to pay by check but I already had experience with my bank cashing checks in foreign denominations - you can’t do it without exorbitant fees even if the bank claims to have “world class service”).
Spa was a different matter. The good news: you can buy Sunday only tickets. The bad news: I had to call them twice to get them to ship the ticket. Even after they claimed to ship, I had to call again because they still didn’t ship it. It arrived by FedEx 4 days before I left. They also charged me $35 for the privilege. I note that the ticket information is filled in by hand! I don’t know how many people work in their ticket office but their hands must be pretty tired from filling in seat info on tickets. My ticket was for grandstand 8 - La Source. This ticket is astronomically expensive - $535 after all fees were added. The Sunday only cost close to double all three days at Monza.
Monza. We stayed in Milan which is about 10 miles from Monza. Hotel rates in Milan were double for the weekend which, I thought, was because of the race. However, there is no indication in Milan that there is a Grand Prix going on. Milan does have a 4 story Ferrari store where you can buy stuff (no cars for sale though). The store had a “back to school” sale going on! I’m baffled; parents actually go to a Ferrari Store for back to school specials? People working in the store knew there was a race but were clueless as to other details (like how to get to the track).
Race day I went to the central train station and took a free train to Monza. I just followed F1 fans to the right train track - they were obvious. The ride is about 30 minutes but the train does not stop in Monza. The train stops at Biassono/Lesmo which is at the north end of the track. I ended up walking to the south end, where my ticket was located. That took about 45 minutes. There were scalpers buying and selling tickets along the way. I can say that, without a doubt, DO NOT get Inner Lesmo (grandstand 23) tickets. The cars come from behind you and rocket past the pit entrance down the start-finish straight. You can see a fair amount of track (you can’t see the pits) but it’s like watching bullets leaving the barrel of a gun. You can get almost the same view by buying general admission tickets and sitting on the inner side of the Curva Parabolica. There are even some concrete seats there to sit on. Security was not ironclad. I went into the VIP area behind the paddock by using an unattended exit and wandered around. The souvenir stands were not as crowded but there were extra layers of security inside that kept you from wandering around aimlessly. Some people in my grandstand were sitting in the stairways. My guess is that they didn’t have an actual ticket for the grandstand – they were just poaching. There were people checking tickets but during the chaotic periods you can just glide past. After the race, there were buses located at the south end of the track to take you back to Monza - where you can get back on a free train. I religiously followed the signs to the buses but never did find them - just kept going around in circles. Eventually, I ended up walking to the Monza train station. That took a good hour - about as fast as taking a bus, judging from traffic. The train ride back was uneventful.
Hope this helps if you ever have a chance to attend.
See Eric's monza travel pics @ hotels near big ticket venues blog + Eric's report on his trip to the Belgian F1 Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on my Spa Francorchamps Belgium Guide Page
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