2023 Italian Grand Prix: Everything You Need to Know Before Attending

Formula 1 heads to the ‘Temple of Speed’ at Monza for the final European round of the 2023 season. Here’s everything you need to know about attending the 2023 Italian Grand Prix on September 1-3!

The 2023 Italian Grand Prix is the final race of the last European double header of the 2023 season, taking place at Autodromo Monza. The legendary Italian circuit has hosted more Formula 1 races than any other circuit, with 1980 being the only season that the track didn’t appear on the schedule. Last year marked 100 years since the opening of Autodromo Monza and there were a number of special events to celebrate the circuit’s centenary year. 

Renowned for being the fastest circuit on the calendar, Monza is visited annually by the devoted Tifosi, who will no doubt be out in force again this weekend. With Charles Leclerc having taken pole position here last year, the partisan crowd will be hoping one of the scarlet cars can put a stop to Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s highly impressive winning streak. 

As you’d probably expect, there are plenty of motorsport-related places to see during your visit to the 2023 Italian Grand Prix. Whether you’re planning a trip further afield to Maranello or Imola, or you’re looking to visit the Alfa Romeo museum or the Ferrari store in Milan, we’ve rounded up the best places to go on your Italian Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Monza for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

Over 300,000 Fans Expected to Attend the 2023 Italian Grand Prix

Despite questionable organisation at the event in recent years, tickets for the 2023 Italian Grand Prix have been in high demand. If you’re yet to secure tickets, a limited number of grandstand seats and VIP ticket packages remain available in our ticket shop. Last year’s race attracted a record weekend crowd of 337,000, making it the seventh best-attended race of the 2022 season.

All Eyes on the Organisation at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix

As we mentioned above, the influx of over 300,000 fans during the 2023 Italian Grand Prix caught organisers of the Monza race off guard – with the circuit itself admitting to fan numbers “going beyond all estimated forecasts”. It led to poor organisation across the weekend. A flawed token system for buying food and drink plus excessive queues to get in and out of the circuit were among the numerous complaints at last year’s race. After the race, in a statement, race organisers apologised for the “discomfort of those who, among the many fans who flocked to the last Italian GP, would have encountered certain inconvenience”.

Fingers crossed that some of the issues experienced last year will have been sorted for 2023 – but you should be prepared to spend time queueing over the weekend. Following reports from fans trackside at last year’s Italian Grand Prix, our advice is that if you have general admission access, arrive at the track as early as possible to secure the best viewing spots – especially on race day.

Be aware that in recent years, circuit security have imposed a strict – and often bizarre – ban on bringing certain items into the venue, including power banks. Rules have been updated for the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, allowing fans to bring in small power banks, as well as one small bottle of water. The full list of prohibited items can be found on our updated Trackside page.

How Much Will a Trip to the 2023 Italian Grand Prix Cost?

On average, tickets for the 2023 Italian Grand Prix are the eighth cheapest of the 23 planned races in the 2023 Formula 1 season. Despite increasing in price, Monza – which had the seventh-cheapest 3-day General Admission tickets in 2019 – now has the fifth cheapest General Admission tickets of the year. Tickets in other categories – such as grandstand seats and areas overlooking the pit lane – are also competitively priced compared to their other European counterparts.

We estimate that the average fan will spend around €1,100 on a trip to the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, including 3-day grandstand tickets, a 3-night stay in a hotel in Milan plus daily spending money. Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Italian Grand Prix.

Getting to Monza for the 2023 Italian Grand Prix

Located 16km north of Milan’s city centre, Monza is accessible by car, taxi, train or other public transport. We recommend travelling by train, as the local roads can get busy over the race weekend. Shuttle services returned in 2022 and will be in action once more at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, with shuttles to and from the circuit’s car parks and the nearby Monza railway station.

Talking of railway stations, if you’re staying outside of Milan and further afield in Lombardy, the Trenord Day pass is an easy solution for getting to the Monza station. For more information on the pass and further details on public transport in the area, read our guide to getting to and from the Monza circuit.

Monza 100 App: It’s also worth downloading the “Monza 100” app (search on the Apple app store or in Google Play). Introduced last year, the free app has useful maps and directions for both getting to the circuit and around once you are inside. Learn more about the Monza 100 app.

Title deciders at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix

As well as soaking up the Formula 1 action, there are three support categories on the schedule at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix. Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup are all on this weekend’s support bill.

Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup will each contest the final rounds of their 2023 seasons. In F3, Gabriel Bortoleto holds a commanding 38 point lead heading into the final two races of the season. With a maximum of 39 points on offer over the weekend – and two points awarded for pole position – Bortoleto could be crowned champion if he secures pole position on Friday. Meanwhile, in the Porsche Supercup, Bastian Buus is the current championship leader – though Harry King, Dorian Boccolacci and Larry ten Voorde remain in title contention. 

In addition to the racing action, there will be a parade of historic Formula 1 cars. It’s yet to be announced which cars will be appearing in the parade this year. Last year, there was a parade of Alfa Romeo machinery and Emerson Fittipaldi took to the track to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first title win. 

You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including on-track session times, on our updated Trackside page. 

Got any questions about attending the 2023 Italian Grand Prix? Leave a comment below!

18 thoughts on “2023 Italian Grand Prix: Everything You Need to Know Before Attending”

  1. Hi, just found out about the train drivers strike on Friday. How do you recommend getting to / from the track from Milan without trains running :/

    Many thanks.

    Patrick

  2. Monza f1 2022 is the most disorganized shambles of a motor sports event I have ever been too. The ticket gates weren’t working so thousands of non ticketera were walking in. The beer water and food tokens ran out. Many were waiting over 2 hours to get a token to buy water or beer or food. Signposting, maps, viewing points for walkabout ticket holders were close to non existent and there were very few staff members to help. Vip may have been great but for normal fans this event should be avoided. I’ve attended over 30 f1 events previously. This shouldn’t be on the f1 calendar.

  3. Roslyn ROSSETTIN

    Any idea on how to get your money back from those ridiculous wrist bands for food and drinks. What a joke lined up multiple times and each vendor says that the wrist bands don’t work you need tokens ! Didn’t feel like wasting my time in a line for over in hour to get tokens then line up for food . What a joke! Not happy !

    1. I believe there is a chance to get the money back, the company replied to someone to say that a refund system will be organized in the coming days. More info will be available on: streetfoodleague.it

  4. We went to the Montel Carlo grand prix – after the race we stayed in town to dinner and activities. I am booking our return train from Monza to Milan – should I book the last train? are there activities and fun dining in Monza near the train station or should I head directly back to Milan for dinner

    Please LMK

    1. Hi Rita, I don’t think you need to book a specific return train. I think it’s a good idea to hang around near the track however, let the crowds die down. You’ll find some places to eat/drink in Monza, for sure. There are regular trains from Monza station back to Milan, and also the Z221 bus.

  5. Do you know if there is a pit lane walk for three day ticket holders this year? Also do you know whether there is an autograph signing at any point over the weekend?
    Thanks for the useful info on this page

    1. No pit lane walk; it’s only for F1 Experiences guests on Thursday. All the info about the fan zone activities is in this article. There won’t be an autograph signing – too many people for that – but there will be driver appearances on the stage in the fanzone.

  6. My son is having celiac disease and is therefore on a strict gluten free diet. Is there any gluten free food option, any gluten free food stand? In case not. Can we bring our own food (gluten free bread etc.)?
    Is there a list of all the existing food stands with a list what they offer?

  7. I have a question, how are the seats in grandstand 4? Is it just concrete/cement or there is a plastic chair with back?

    Thanks

  8. GM, could you please tell me if the stand 4 has normal seats or just cement?
    Do I need to bring a pillow with me?

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