Exhibitions and Fairs in Monza
Monza, a city of 122 000 inhabitants, some ten kilometers north of Milan, is known internationally for the Formula 1 Grand Prix which takes place in the circuit located within the Monza Park. Since 2010, Monza Exhibition Center is headquartered inside the Autodrome and is home to events related to the productive and industrial area.
The city is at the beginning of that vast area known as Brianza, which is one of the most productive areas of the country, mainly composed of thousands of small and medium enterprises operating in the fields of mechanics, construction, furniture and textiles. Monza is a historic city: it was the summer residence of Teodolinda, Queen of the Lombards in the VI-VII century AD. The Cathedral of Monza, preserves the Iron Crown, which has stood on the heads of emperors and kings of Italy from the Middle Ages until the XIX century. Monza has become one of the 12 provinces of Lombardy in recent years, and administrates 55 municipalities.
How to reach Monza
Monza is well connected to Milan. By car, you can reach the centre of Monza from the centre of Milan in less than an hour driving on Viale Lombardia, which then becomes State Road SS36 leading to Lake Como and Spluga pass. The city is well connected to Milan also via the railway line Milan-Chiasso: the station of Monza is in Via Arosio, just minutes from the city centre. From Milan Central Station depart buses arriving at Monza, and hence those directed to neighboring towns, including Lissone, Limbiate, Sesto San Giovanni, etc.
Where to stay in Monza
Third most populated city in Lombardy, Monza has a good range of hotels, some of which are truly excellent. Such as the Hotel de la Ville, a beautiful 4 star luxury hotel in via Cesare Battisti, a road that leads to Villa Reale in Monza Park, where Formula 1 drivers usually stay. In Corso Milano you will find the Hotel Royal Falcone, another 4-star luxury hotel, while in via Elvezia stands the Hotel della Regione. In the immediate vicinity of Monza, for example along viale Lombardia, there are other great accommodation facilities, such as the Hotel Sporting, in Brugherio, or the 4 star Cosmo Hotel in Cinisello Balsamo, near the Bassini Hospital.
Shopping streets in Monza
The historical centre of Monza offers plenty of shopping opportunities. On Saturday afternoon the pedestrian streets are crowded with people from all over the Brianza region, who stroll through the shops and boutiques and sit at the tables of the many bars and clubs. The streets radiating from the square around the Cathedral and piazza dell'Arengario, as Via Carlo Alberto and Via Napoleone Bonaparte, are the classic ways of walking and shopping in Monza: here you will find some nice department stores, such as Rinascente - on the bank of river Olona, a few minutes’ walk away from Monza Station.
Hot spots in Monza for the after-show
Monza is a wealthy city, with a high income per capita; as a result, clubs, pubs and discos in the area reflect this status. Very tasteful and comfortable, especially in the historical center, in the evening these venues are filled with young people from nearby towns. But the evening shifts are also in the opposite direction, towards trendy pubs and beer gardens in the area of Brianza or towards Milan: the hot spots’ area of Porta Garibaldi is just 30 minutes drive away.