Monza is in Lombardy, 15km North-East from Milan. It is the capital of the Province of Monza and Brianza.
The race track Autodromo di Monza
Monza is well connected with Milan by train (from Garibaldi and Centrale stations) and by ATM bus line 723, 724, 722. Both train and buses arrive very close to city centre.
To come to Monza by car from east or west you should take A4 highway (Turin-Milan-Venice) and exit "Monza", from north the Milan-Lecco expressway (ss36) which ends in the town. From south you'd better take Milan's "tangenziale nord", which starts from "tangenziale est" and then Monza exit.
To arrive by plane, please refer to Milan#By_plane.
TPM operates a small public transportation network, you are supposed to buy tickets in advance and validate it once your trip starts. Tickets are urban and inter-urban (for travellers willing to cross city border) and both are valid for 60'.
The public transportation network is not used so much by "Monzese" people because of the small dimensions of the city. Reaching the centre by foot from the periphery will take you about 30'.
Bike are heavily used by Monza inhabitants and there's a nice ring of bike-reserved lanes on the banks of Villoresi Canal.
- The City centre is a pedestrian-only shopping zone, with several high-budget shops side-by-side with international brand flagship stores.
- The Duomo, known also as "Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista", buildt in 595 and then modified in 13th and 14th century. The frescoed Chapel of Theodelinda houses the Iron Crown of Lombardy, supposed to contain one of the nails used at the Crucifixion.
- The Parco di Monza (Monza Park) is the largest enclosed park in Europe, established in 1806 is now part of Lambro Valley Natural Reserve.
- The Autodromo Nazionale (national circuit) is where the Formula 1 Grand Prix take place. During non-race days is available for visitors to race on track.
- The Villa Reale (royal villa), built between 1777 and 1780 by will of empress Marie-Therese of Austria, is a country palace very similar to Schoenbrunn in Vienna. Currently, it is being renewed, so only a small part of the marvelous royal apartment is open for visitors.
A walk through the Parco di Monza, you'll understand why Monza people love so much their park. Very crowded during weekends.
If you need info on the Formula One Grand Prix, please refer to the Formula One page.
- Menabrea Pub, Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 27. Very good bar with excelent staff! You cannot leave Monza before having a double portion of olive ascolane with beer Moretti there. It is a must-eat! edit
- Cafe Moderno, Piazza Roma - downtown. Very good Café with many different, delicious options. Specially the toast which is made with fontina cheese and is an excelent choice for breakfast, no doubts! edit
- Speedy, Via Appiani 22/a (downtown). A suggestion for your lunch: hundreds of sandwiches, with a huge choice of ingredients, or salads. A best seller, the Super Speedy: hamburger, salad, tomato, roast, tartar sauce, ketchup, worchestershire sauce! To drink: Guinness, belgian, german beers, good card of italian wines. edit
- Saing Georges Premier, Viale di Vedano, 7 (Inside the Monza Park). Built in 1838, has maintained its historic charm, in the splendid setting of the Park of Monza, sideways to the Golf Club. With a large outdoor terrace and garden with gazebos, an interior decor in Belgian style. A speciality is undoubtedly the champagne risotto. Fine cellar with a wide selection of national and foreign labels. Great choice of national and international wines, edit
- Falcone Hotel, Corso Milano 5 (straight in the city center). In the center of Monza, 100 meters far from the train station, in an elegant historical building, is a 4 stars Boutique Hotel. A perfect balance between modern spaces and furnishings and its historic palace. The hotel hosts a selection of works of contemporary art by some well-known local artists. edit
- Hotel de la Ville, Viale Regina Margherita di Savoia, 15 (Villa Reale). Hotel de la Ville is a luxury four-star accommodation with views over the Villa Reale. It is a magnificent structure with a multi award-winning restaurant, the Derby Grill, and it is ideal for both work and pleasure. In a strategic location, Hotel de la Ville and its annex, La Villa, are surrounded by the clean air of the Reggia Savoia Park. edit