2020 Italian Grand Prix Travel Guide

Posted by Andrew Balfour on 17 February, 2020

Located within one of Europe’s largest city parks on the outskirts of Milan, Autodromo Nazionale Monza is one of the oldest racing circuits in the world. Learn more and start planning your trip to the 2020 Italian Grand Prix on 3-6 September.            

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Practical Information 

  • Visas: Italy is part of the Schengen zone in Europe, a block of 26 countries with a common visa policy and no internal borders. Most Western visitors are granted entry without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days.
  • Currency: Italy uses the EURO. Cash machines are widely available and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere, though we do recommend carrying some cash at the circuit.
  • Language: Italian, though English is widely spoken at the circuit and in the service sector.
  • Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (UTC +2)
  • In an Emergency: dial 112
  • Power Sockets: Italy uses Type F power sockets. We recommend bringing a universal adapter if you are travelling to the race from outside continental Europe.
  • Weather: the Italian Grand Prix falls at the end of the European summer. The weather is generally sunny and warm, but rainfall is not uncommon. September averages, high 25°C (77°F) / low 14°C (57°F).

Arrival & Getting Around

Milan is served by three international airports - the closest to the city is Milano Linate (LIN), but it only has a limited number of connections compared to Milano Malpensa (MXP), the largest international airport serving the city. The nearby Ryanair hub of Bergamo (BGY) is also worth considering. Autodromo Nazionale Monza is located around 20km north of central Milan. The best way to get to the circuit is to take the train. Regular train services connect Monza to the centre of Milan, as well as nearby cities like Bergamo. From Milan train station, you can take a shuttle bus to the circuit. Milan has an efficient Metro system. Uber and local taxis are also a good option, though you should make sure the latter use the meter. More information: Italian Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide

Where to Stay

Monza does have a limited supply of hotels, but getting a room on Italian Grand Prix weekend requires booking almost one year in advance or paying a premium. Trackside camping is also an option – Monza Camping is located right next to the circuit and advance bookings are necessary. In contrast, Milan has a good selection of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets – without a significant “F1 surcharge.” There’s plenty of good international chain hotels downtown near the Central Train Station and Duomo. Alternatively, the Sesto San Giovanni district in the north of the city also offers a good selection of hotels and an easier commute to the track. Why not add accommodation and transfers to your Official Ticket Package? F1 Experiences offers a 4-night stay at the NYX Milan, Hilton Milan and The Westin Palace, Milan. Hotel guests can add daily coach transfers to and from the circuit to their package.

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Things to See & Do in Milan

  • Museo Storico Alfa Romeo: the official museum of the historic Italian marque, now part of the Fiat Chrysler group, is located in the northeaster Milan suburb of Arese. Housed in a former factory, the museum reopened after a significant renovation in 2015. The museum traces Alfa Romeo’s history, including road and racing cars from 1910 to the present. Open every day except Tuesdays from 10:00-18:00. Admission costs €12 for adults, €10 for concession and €5 for children aged 6-18.
  • Duomo: no visit to the centre of Milan would be complete with visiting the city’s famous cathedral, which took over 600 years to complete and is one of the largest in the world. It’s free to enter provided you don’t take any photos; various guided tours are also available, the best of which includes a visit to the rooftop at dusk. More info here.
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: you’ll find Italy’s oldest active shopping mall just next door to the Duomo. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is an impressive domed arcade with historic shops, restaurants and cafes, including a flagship Ferrari store.
  • Parco Sempione: take a walk in the largest green space in central Milan, home to several of the city’s best landmarks, including Castello Sforzesco, a huge medieval fortress and La Triennale di Milano, a design museum. You can also get some amazing city views from the 109m Torre Branco, a steel tower that was built for the 1933 Trienalle.
  • San Siro: the home of Inter and AC Milan is one of the largest and most well-known football stadiums in Europe. You can visit the on-site museum and take a tour of the stadium daily from 10:00-18:00. Adult tickets cost €18, concessions €10 (children under six enter free). More information and bookings here. If you are lucky, Inter or AC Milan may also be playing a match on race weekend – the new season of Serie A kicks off two weeks before the Italian Grand Prix this year. The full schedule will be available at the end of July.
  • Other landmarks to check out in Milan include La Scala Opera (for a tour or performance), the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology and Pinacoteca di Brera, an art gallery inside a beautiful palazzo.

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Eat & Drink

Some of the best restaurants and nightlife in Milan can be found in Navigli. The canal district to the south of the city centre is the perfect place to unwind with an aperitivo and dinner after a long day at the track. Check out some of the best restaurants here. Just to the north, the ancient district of Brera is also worth checking out. Known as the artistic heart of the city, Brera also has some of the best places to eat (check them out here) and is also where you’ll find some of the city’s most exclusive bars and clubs. For something a bit different, you can take a tour of the city while enjoying a five-course dinner aboard a historic tram. Book your table here.

Northern Italy

Extend your Italian Grand Prix trip to discover some of Europe’s finest landscapes, history and culture in this corner of Northern Italy – the summer tourists have started to disperse come September, but the weather is still frequently glorious. Hiring a car is the best way to get around, though trains are also modern and reliable. Head north to discover the pretty medieval city of Bergamo and beautiful Lake Como, both of which also make a great base for the Italian Grand Prix. The high mountains of the Dolomites and the Alps are also within easy reach, as are Verona, Venice and the resort towns of the Italian Riviera.

Maranello, the home of Ferrari, is also less than 3 hours’ drive from Milan. A museum tracing the famous marque’s history is open daily from 09:30-19:00. Adult tickets cost €17, concessions €15 and accompanied children €7. Guided tours of the Ferrari factory and Fiorano test track are also available. More information here. Less than 100km further down the road past Bologna is Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, the circuit where Ayrton Senna tragically lost his life in 1994. You can pay your respects to the Brazilian legend at the circuit, where you’ll find a monument and museum. Learn more here.

Get a seat in the best grandstands or upgrade to trackside hospitality at Monza this year with F1 Experiences. Official Ticket Packages for the 2020 Italian Grand Prix also include benefits only available with F1 Experiences such as F1 driver meet-and-greets, guided tours of the track, access to the F1 Paddock and more.


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