Start planning your trip to Monza for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix on September 10-12. Advice about money, health, weather and staying safe.
This post will be updated with current travel information closer to the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. Images © F1Destinations.com.
Stretching from the mountainous north to the Italian peninsula in the south, Italy is a culturally and historically rich country in Southern Europe with a population of 61 million. The Italian Grand Prix is held each year at the tail end of the European summer in Monza, a small town just outside Milan. A world leader in design and fashion with a rich history of art and culture, Milan is Italy’s second biggest city with a population in excess of 4 million. A fascinating blend of old and new, Milan features a historic center (home to the Duomo, the world’s third largest church) as well as the imposing skyscrapers of the Port Garibaldi financial district. The city is the capital of Lombardy, the wealthy industrial heartland of Italy and the home of media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, the controversial ex-Prime Minister.
Travel in Italy: Need to Know
- Do I need a visa to enter Italy? The short answer is no for most tourists, especially those from Western countries. Italy is part of the Schengen area, which provides borderless travel between 26 European member states, including countries close to Italy such as France and Switzerland. Find out here if you need a Schengen visa.
- 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.
- Tap water in Milan is safe to drink
- Italy uses type-F power sockets. You’ll need an adaptor if coming from Australia, UK or the USA
Both Milan and Monza are relatively safe and violent crime is rare. Pickpockets are active in the city centre of Milan (particularly at the central train station) and on public transport, so be vigilant and keep your belongings secure. Renting a car? Don’t leave any valuables in it, especially at the Monza trackside parking.
The currency of Italy is the EURO. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs (‘bancomat’ in Italian) are easy to find. Don’t take the risk of bringing lots of cash or travelers cheques – just withdraw the money you will need each day or two. Tipping is not expected in Italy, though you can reward good service in a restaurant with a tip of up to 10%.
Many Italians speak and understand at least some English, particularly in the service industry. But it’s still worth buying yourself an Italian phrasebook and learning some pleasantries. The locals will appreciate you making an effort! Check out the Italian for Dummies Cheat Sheet to learn a few basic phrases before your arrival.
Pharmacies (‘farmacia’) are plentiful and operate on a rota basis so there will always be one open nearby. If you are travelling from Europe, don’t forget to organise an EHIC card to access free medical services. You should also organise adequate travel insurance in case of a medical emergency.
The Italian Grand Prix is held each year in early September at the end of the hot Italian summer when crisp mornings give way to clear, sunny skies and pleasantly warm days. Average daily maximum temperatures in September are in the mid-twenties and the chance of rain is quite low – on average, Milan only experiences five wet days in September. You will be fine in shorts and t-shirt during the day, but don’t forget to throw in a light jumper/jacket for the cooler evenings and some waterproofs, just in case.