Off-Track Activities – 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Filed in 2021 Italian Grand Prix Travel Guide by on 7 Comments

Your guide to the best off-track activities in Milan and the Lombardy region for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, including the Alfa Romeo museum and Maranello, home of Ferrari.

Please Note: Autodromo Nazionale Monza will host the 2020 Italian Grand Prix on September 4-6, but the event will be held behind closed doors with no spectators present. This post will be updated with when dates are announced for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

Being situated on the outskirts of Milan makes Monza a great Grand Prix to tie in with a city break, and Milan has more than its fair share of culture, history and shopping to offer its visitors. Being the ‘new’ city to Rome’s antiquity doesn’t mean that Milan’s short on sightseeing options. If you can spare some extra time before or after the race, then there is plenty to do in Northern Italy. Below we have handpicked some of the best places to visit  (including a couple with an F1 theme). Whilst you can visit these sites by train, your best bet is to hire a car and get exploring!

Duomo

Milan’s massive gothic cathedral is a must-see, whether you’re here for a day or a week. Marvel at its 135 spires and over 3000 statues. You can’t miss it, either – Milan’s streets all circle and radiate from it’s central location. Admission is free unless you intend to take pictures. Shoulders and knees should be covered before you enter the cathedral. Views from the Duomo roof are staggering; entrance costs around €12. Click here for more information.

Parc Sempione

A rare green space in this vast metropolis, Parco Sempione is a 116 acre oasis of calm and beauty – the perfect antidote to a morning’s shopping or a hard weekend at Monza. There are cafes, lakes and amphitheaters here as well as several museums and galleries if that takes your fancy. And for those keen to pose, boogie and model-spot, there’s the very glitzy Cavalli Club situated at one end of the park. Very clean and very quiet.

Nightlife

Milan’s nightlife has everything from cosy little trattorias for a quiet pizza and glass of wine to full-on super clubs that only close when the sun comes up. Milan’s two main nightlife districts are the area around the Brera Gallery, and the Navigli canal area of the city. Nights really get going at around 11.00 pm and most clubs close at around about 4 am. Atlantique is one of Milan’s glitziest clubs and Volo is a popular nightspot with a walled garden. Look out for bars and clubs with a happy hour; it’ll make your night out a little easier on the pocket.

Shopping

If you’re after a designer fix in Milan, head for Quadrilatero d’Oro, which translates as the ‘rectangle of gold’. Unlike London and Paris, Milan’s designer shops are all conveniently located in this one location. Designer outlet stores can be found on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. For the Milanese answer to high-street shopping, try Corso Buenos Aires or Via Torino. Opening hours are normally from Tuesday to Saturday (9.30am-12.30pm & 3.30-7.30pm), with a half day on Monday (3.30-7.30pm). Read more about shopping in Milan here.

Lake Como

You may rub shoulders with the odd F1 driver on holiday if you spend a few days in Lake Como after Monza – this beautiful destination has something for everybody but is notoriously star-studded in the summer months. It’s only an hour and a half from Monza by road, so you may even find yourself staying here for the Grand Prix if you hire a car for the weekend. This Y-shaped lake is dotted with little towns like Varenna, Tremezzo and Bellagio. Weekdays are less busy in Lake Como as it’s a popular weekend destination for the Milanese, making it a great option for a few days pre- or post-F1. A dedicated train line runs between Como and Milan.

Bergamo

An hour out of Milan and forty minutes from Monza by road is the beautiful Roman city of Bergamo. Split over two sites (one high, one low) and linked by a funicular system as well as walking trails for the more energetic visitor, Alta Bergamo is the older part of the city with all the piazzas, museums, cathedrals and basilicas. Views on the way up to Alta are breathtaking, so keep your camera handy. Bergamo Bassa is the more contemporary district where you’ll find great shopping and lots of modern hotels. Check out the Piazza Vecchia for a truly stunning example of medieval-meets-Renaissance architecture in the heart of the old city.

Imola

A three hour drive from Monza and Milan is the F1 mecca that is Imola, and the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Home to the San Marino Grand Prix from 1981 to 2006, Imola is now best known for more tragic reasons as the track where Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna lost their lives in 1994. There’s a bronze Senna monument within the grounds, and nearby Hotel Castello is where many iconic drivers would stay when racing here.

Maranello

About an hour by road from Imola is the town of Maranello, best known for being the home of Scuderia Ferrari. Maranello is about 200km from Milan and Monza, on a nice fast road. Check out our trip guide for a day out at the Ferrari factory, the Fiorano test track and the Ferrari Museum. Entrance to the museum is a modest €13 which includes the option to take a guided bus tour of the Ferrari factory and Fiorano test track.

Alfa Romeo Museum

Located in the Arese commune of Milan, around 12km north-west of the centre, you’ll find the Alfa Romeo museum. Easily accessible by public transport, the museum showcases cars and engines from the manufacturer’s illustrious history. Of particular interest to F1 fans will be the 159, which won races for Giuseppe Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio in 1951. The museum, housed over six floors, is open every day apart from Tuesdays, from 10am to 6pm. Admission is €12.

Ferrari Store

Near Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, you’ll find Milan’s flagship Ferrari Store. Spread over three floors, the store has a wide range of Ferrari merchandise and memorabilia on offer, from team apparel to accessories, designer objects and toys. The building is much more than just a shop – it also features interactive video walls and F1 simulators!

Tell us about your Italian GP holiday. Leave a comment below!

July 7, 2020

Tickets – 2021 Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Learn more about buying tickets and the best places to watch the action at Monza for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, including analysis of every grandstand.

July 7, 2020

Getting There & Around – 2021 Italian Grand Prix at Monza

The best ways to get to Monza for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, including advice on flights, local trains, buses, driving and trackside shuttle buses.

July 7, 2020

Accommodation – 2021 Italian Grand Prix at Monza

The best places to stay for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, including camping, location accommodation and the best hotels in Milan.

July 7, 2020

Trackside at Monza – 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Get the most out of your experience at Monza for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, including advice on entrance, trackside activities and things to see and do.

July 7, 2020

Race Facts – Italian Grand Prix at Monza

The oldest circuit on the current Formula 1 calendar, Monza’s history dates back to 1922, when it hosted the Italian Grand Prix for the first time.

July 7, 2020

Travel Basics – 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Start planning your trip to Milan for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix at the Monza circuit, including information on money, health, weather and staying safe.

July 7, 2020

Off-Track Activities – 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Your guide to the best off-track activities in Milan and the Lombardy region for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, including the Alfa Romeo museum and Maranello, home of Ferrari.

July 7, 2020

Budget Planner – 2021 Italian Grand Prix

We’ve estimated the costs of race tickets, accommodation and spending money for fans attending the 2021 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Tags: , ,

About the Author ()

Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

Comments (7)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Rohan Pandey says:

    Is it possible to enter the track for the post-race podium ceremony with a “General Admission” ticket?

    • Editor says:

      Yes, absolutely you can do it. I’d head to the main straight around 10 laps before the race ends to be in a good position to get on to the track and close to the podium. They open the track near the start-finish line and closer to the podium.

  2. Geoff says:

    Will there be any events in monza over gp weekend. I know about the f1 festival in milan. Just wondering about monza thanks

  3. MB says:

    Hi, i have a 3 day pass for the main stand, it says finish line when i translate, any idea which entrance is best please?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *