Monza – Italian Grand Prix

Next weekend sees this years’ Italian Grand Prix in Monza so maybe it is time to find out a little more about what the city has to offer…

The track itself is 5.7km long and playfully nicknamed “La Pista Magica” (the magic track) by Italian locals as it has held some of the most famous Formula 1 victories over the years. Located in “Parco di Monza” which is twice the size of New York’s Central Park, it can be found near the Villa Reale (Royal Villa) where the track has remained since it was first built back in 1922. It is known for its series of long straights and steady curves deeming it one of the fastest tracks on the F1 tour. The maximum speed on the track was a whopping 369km/h set by Montoya back in 2005.

If the F1 isn’t your only reason to head to Italy, you can explore the city of Monza and discover its historic architecture, especially in the form of the Duomo di Monza, a beautiful cathedral with a fine black and white marble façade.

But if Monza doesn’t give you what you had hoped for then jump on the train for 15 minutes and head into Milan, the second largest city in Italy. Known for its creative streak (it does play host to one of the 4 most important fashion weeks) and style there is plenty of design to discover around the city. With a variety of shops, restaurants and museums you will definitely need a few days to see all of what the city has to offer.

Photo of Milan by:Dodo