Monza's Piazza Garibaldi photo by Albertomos

Monza's Piazza Garibaldi photo by Albertomos

Many who haven’t visited assume that Monza is a small town or village but it is quite sizable and has a lot of history, you don’t need to visit Milan as a result but of course many people do while others head down to the coast of perhaps east to Venice.

 

Staying in or around Monza is of course convenient for the race, though it does get busy. In the city the main attraction is the Royal Villa, outside of the city is Monza Park where the circuit is located and also the Royal Palace, the palace having been owned by the Austrian Royal family. Back in the city the other major site is the Cathedral of Saint John and a myriad of beautiful churches of various ages and styles, the city dating back to Medieval times.

 

The Royal Villa in Monza Park

The Royal Villa in Monza Park, photo by Markus Mark

Milan's shops include the Ferrari store

Milan's shops include the Ferrari store, photo by Fabio Alessandro Locati

Monza is great for those who love History, Milan is great for those who love fashion, though you can take in some historic sites here as well. Milan is home to many of the world’s greatest fashion brands and most who aren’t based here have outlets here. Have a partner that likes shopping? Leave them to shop while you check out the city’s art galleries and the painting of the Last Supper by Leonardo di Vinci in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, advance bookings required. With one of Italy’s oldest churches one of its largest churches, parks, shops, galleries, an Opera House and a castle there is plenty to do if you decide to spend a few days here.