Time zone: BST +1 / CET
Population: 1.6 million
Monza is 601 miles (967km) from the McLaren Technology Centre.
Being the final European race of the season, this is the last time in 2017 that the team will take its transporters and the Brand Centre to a grand prix. They will travel straight from Spa-Francorchamps, the scene of last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. For people travelling from the UK, there are plenty of flight options into Milan Linate, Malpensa and Bergamo.
Biggest travel headache?
It’s one of the most straight-forward races of the year for the team. The team stays at the plush Hilton Garden Inn, just outside Milan, and hire cars are sorted in advance by the same rep that the team uses at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
Monza is twinned with another motorsporting Mecca, Indianapolis in the USA. It is also the home town of former F1 driver Vittorio Brambilla.
Cassoeula, a pork dish that’s been linked to the Lombardy region of Italy for centuries. Virtually every part of the pig is used in the dish – ribs, trotters, head and skin – and it’s cooked in a casserole and mixed with savoy cabbage. It’s a pleasure that furnishes the soul as well as the palate, according to a local writer.
When in Rome…
Extending to 688 hectares, Monza’s Royal Park is the largest walled park in Europe. The park was commissioned by Napoleon’s stepson, Eugene de Beauharnais, and the royal palace was completed in 1808.
The humidity of mid-summer has usually started to subside by September, leaving fresh and warm autumnal days. Recent temperatures have been higher than the seasonal average, with the weather forecast for the race weekend predicting temperatures in the high 20s.
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If you were to visit only one attraction where would it be?
The Art Academy in Brera offers visitors the chance to view some of the world’s finest collections with a variety of exhibits available to enjoy. The academy also runs a number of classes for people who want to fully immerse themselves in the amazing world of art.
Where would you see the best view of Milan?
The best view of Milan is from the roof of the Duomo in the centre of the city.
Which location sums up the Milan lifestyle best?
The area around the Monte Napoleone is one of the most famous areas of the city due to the high-end fashion outlets located there. Certainly a very trendy place to be seen!
Describe the Milan in 3 words.
Fashionable, buzzing and stylish!