Home to the most famous racetrack in the world, Monza hosts Italy's Formula One Grand Prix. But it's not all cars and racing; the city boasts a beautiful and expansive park, perfect for picnicking and cycling. Its historic centre offers plenty for the discerning traveller, and its proximity to fashionable Milan is perfect for exploring some of Italy's most incredible art, history and culture.
Formula One racing and rolling parkland on the fringes of Milan.
Things to do
Soak up the noise, the action and the unbeatable atmosphere at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. With races scheduled throughout the year, even if you can't make it for the Grand Prix itself, it's likely your visit to Monza coincides with a top-class event. For Formula One fans, hearing the engines, smelling the oil and walking the track after a race is an experience of a lifetime.
An unusually large and lush expanse of park, Parco di Monza is a quiet paradise. Stroll tree-lined paths, relax by cool blue lakes and picnic in the shade. Rent bicycles to explore the park's bike route, or go rollerblading or jogging to get the most out of the sprawling grounds. Be sure to wander through the huge rose garden as well, which is at its most aromatic in mid May.
Head into vibrant Milan to experience the art and culture of the world's fashion capital. Shop couture from famous names like Gucci and Prada in the city's Golden Triangle. View Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper at the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, and visit Milan's opulent cathedral. When tired feet can no longer be ignored, return to the sophisticated elegance of your Monza luxury hotel for gourmet cuisine and a glass of fine wine.
Feel the rush of adrenaline as you take the wheel of a real Formula One car at the Puresport Experience.
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