Start planning your trip to Autodromo Imola for the 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Advice on visas, health, weather and staying safe in Italy.
- The 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is scheduled on May 17-19
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- The Editor attended the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea in Southern Europe, Italy is home to over 60 million inhabitants. Autodromo Imola is located in the Emilia Romagna (northwest) region of the country, around 40km east of the region’s capital Bologna. It is also 86km west of the seaside resort, Rimini, on the Adriatic coast.
Imola re-joined the Formula 1 calendar amid the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, fourteen years after the venue last appeared as host of the San Marino Grand Prix. The 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the first time since the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix that fans were in attendance for a Formula 1 race at the circuit. Sadly, the event was cancelled in 2023 due to severe local flooding.
Italy Travel: Need to Know
- Italy operates on Central European Time (CET), which equates to GMT +1 hour.
- The number to dial in case of an emergency in Italy is 112.
- You drive on the right-hand side of the road in Italy.
- Tap water in Imola and the surrounding area is safe to drink.
- Italy uses type-F power sockets. You’ll need an adaptor if coming from Australia, the United Kingdom or the USA.
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Italy?
Violent crime in the Emilia Romagna region is rare. As is recommended when visiting any unfamiliar location, be vigilant and avoid less-travelled streets. If you’re exploring the more highly populated areas of Emilia Romagna during your stay – such as the cities of Rimini and Bologna – beware of petty theft. Keep a firm hold on your belongings, particularly near popular tourist sites or on public transport. If you’re renting a car during your trip, don’t leave valuables in it, especially if parking trackside at Autodromo Imola, and make sure you purchase comprehensive insurance.
The Euro is the only form of legal tender in Italy. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs (‘bancomat’ in Italian) are easy to find, especially in cities. There is no need to risk bringing lots of cash or travellers cheques with you – you can withdraw cash from ATMs as and when you need to.
Tipping is not expected and is not the norm in Italy, though rewarding good service and leaving a tip of up to 10% for restaurant and bar wait staff is appreciated.
Around a third of Italians have some English speaking ability. You’re likely to find more fluent English speakers if you’re staying in Bologna, especially in hotels and restaurants. It’s definitely worth acquiring an Italian phrasebook ahead of your visit and learning some basic phrases. Having the Google Translate app on your phone is also a good idea for emergencies when you cannot find an English speaker.
Pharmacies (‘farmacia’) are plentiful and operate on a rota basis so there will always be one open nearby. You can find a list of pharmacies organised by Zip Code here, or you can call 1100 during your stay for details of the three closest pharmacies. It’s worth organising an EHIC card if you’re travelling from Europe in order to access free medical services. You should also organise adequate travel insurance in case of a medical emergency.
Average daily temperatures in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy during the month of April are just under 15°C. It’s unlikely that the temperature will exceed 20°C during your trip to Autodromo Imola. On average, April is one of the wettest months in the region. There is average of eight days of rain in the area during April. The 2021 race at Imola was held in damp conditions – so make sure you pack waterproofs, just in case!