Trip Planning Guide

The 2015 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix will be held September 4-6 at the Monza Circuit in Monza, Italy. The city is located on the River Lambro, in the Lombardy region of Italy. It is approximately 15 kilometers (09 miles) north-northeast of Milan. The city of Monza is served by three airports; Milan/Linate Airport (LIML), Milan/Malpensa Airport (LIMC) and Bergamo Airport (LIME). This event, in conjunction with an influx of summertime visitors, is expected to put increased demand on local general aviation traffic and location infrastructure such as hotel accommodations and transportation. It is recommended that hotel rooms and ground transportation be coordinated prior to arrival.

General Event Information

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Monza is regarded by many as the embodiment of Formula 1 racing. Not only is it a fantastic example of a track that combines speed with skill, it also has a heart and soul all of its own. It has seen some of the finest races of all time, but also some of the sport's worst accidents. The names of great drivers and the sounds of engines from years gone by linger in the grand old trees surrounding the track in the royal park.

Work began on the circuit in 1922 and was completed in under six months. After Brooklands in the UK and Indianapolis in the USA, it was the third permanent race track in existence. With a banked oval incorporated into the design of the road racing circuit, the total track length stood at a whopping 10 kilometres.

Formula 1 racing visited the circuit as part of the inaugural season in 1950, and it has remained a permanent fixture on the calendar ever since.

Landing Permits

Private aircraft overflying or landing does not need to obtain prior permission, but must have a flight plan on file at least two (2) hours prior to entry into Italian airspace to provide advance notification. Non-scheduled commercial flights overflying or landing for commercial or noncommercial purposes must obtain prior permission from the Ministero dei Transporti, Direzione Generale Aviazione Civile.


All flights that arrive, depart and operate within Europe are subject to European regulation for the monitoring and reporting of carbon emissions under the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for qualified non-exempt operators. It remains the responsibility of the operator to monitor their annual emissions based on the full scope of EU ETS and to file their reported emissions data to their associated member state by the deadlines detailed in the legislation. Affected operators may be subject to EU penalties and fines for failing to report and surrender their calculated emissions.

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The overall assessment of threats in Monza is Low. Crime, specifically petty crime, is the security threat that is most likely to affect travelers in the city, especially during the Grand Prix. Each year there is a high rate of petty theft near the gates to the event; travelers should also be wary of scammers selling illegal or fake tickets. On weekends, and especially during the event, Parco di Monza is very crowded, making it an ideal environment for crimes of opportunity. As an event that attracts large crowds, including foreign tourists, and significant international media attention, the threat of terrorism at the Grand Prix cannot be ruled out. However, there have been no reports of groups specifically threatening the event, and there are no indications that an attack is imminent.


The overall assessment of threats in Milan is Medium. Crime is also the primary security concern for travelers to Milan. As in Monza, travelers should take basic security precautions to avoid becoming victims of crime. Travelers should specifically avoid the Centrale rail station at night, as well as the northeastern areas of Via Padova and Viale Sarca. Strikes, demonstrations and protests occur relatively frequently; the main concern associated with these actions is their potential to cause disruptions to transportation. Terrorism and anarchist violence are also concerns in Milan.

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Accommodations in Monza are at capacity reserved each year for the teams and staff. Monza is a small town and all the best local accommodations are sold out. The next best option is to reserve rooms in nearby Milan, about 10 miles south of Monza. The city of Milan offers increased room inventory and a wide variety of four- and five-star hotels. Note that Expo Milano 2015 is underway and is impacting the hotel supply in Milan. Suburb cities like Bergamo offer three-star properties.

The impact on hotel rates due to the Italian Grand Prix appear high – primary event location will see rate increases and inventory reduction, and you can expect a minimum four-night stay. Prepayment and cancellation policies differ by property. For assistance, contact Colt Trip Support directly at or call + (1-218) 280-2200.

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The primary airports travelers use to reach Monza are located in (or just outside of) Milan. Malpensa International Airport (LIMC) has been Milan's major international airport since the opening of a new terminal in the late 1990s; a small section of the old terminal is dedicated to corporate aircraft. LIMC is located approximately 40 mi/60 km west of Monza and 30 mi/50 km northwest of Milan. Shuttle buses, trains and taxis are available for travel into Milan.

As Monza is located just outside of Milan in the northeastern suburbs, travelers will usually travel into Milan before reaching Monza. It takes approximately one hour to travel via taxi from the airport to Milan. Petty theft is very common at LIMC, so travelers should maintain a high level of vigilance while at the facility. Linate Airport is located 6 mi/10 km east of downtown Milan. The airport serves both commercial and general aviation. Taxis, buses and subway services are all available at the airport.

From Milan, travelers can reach Monza by train, bus and taxi. There are some restrictions on reaching the city by private vehicle, as authorities limit traffic into the city; instead, shuttles are available from surrounding areas. Within Monza, most of the city can be reached on foot.

If not employing secure transportation -- which is recommended for convenience and reliability -- licensed taxis (which are usually white or yellow) are the next best means of reaching both cities. Travelers should avoid unlicensed cabs. Travelers who do not speak Italian may have difficulties communicating with public transportation drivers; most signs are also only in Italian. There is an increased risk of petty crime on public transportation. Self-driving is not recommended due to local driving habits, road conditions and issues with parking. However, travelers who choose to self-drive should be aware that Milan uses an Ecopass system, which applies fees on vehicles driving in certain parts of the city.

Airport Considerations
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Contract Fuel

World Fuel | Colt has contract fuel at all locations within close proximity of Monza through a variety of on-airport suppliers. Having physical supply at each of these airports allows us to offer the most competitive pricing to our customers and ensures a seamless on-airport operation. At LIML/LIN, we have contracts with the commercial suppliers and Prime Aviation Services. Prime Aviation is based on the GA ramp and has dedicated bowers for Business Aviation. Depending on your requirements, we suggest using Prime Aviation if you need a quick turnaround. At LIMC/MXP and LIME/BGY, we can offer fuel via Air Total.

World Fuel | Colt is a registered entity in Italy, allowing us to pass on VAT exemption, should you be entitled to it.

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Due to the dynamic regulatory landscape, operating into and out of Italy can present challenges. Italy has very specific requirements for charter operators as well as a specific format for which the information is to be presented. The insurance documentation must denote precise inception and expiration dates, include year, make and model of the aircraft, and distinctly identify the aircraft registration number. In addition, the proof of coverage must match the operator name and show the operator as an insured. This documentation must be submitted for all landing permit applications in order for the permit to be processed.

If you have questions or concerns about the level of coverage required or required documents, please contact Colt Risk Management at or +1 281 280 2100.

Resource Links

The following will provide you with links to web sites that will help with planning your trip to the Venice International Film Festival. This section contains links to sites that provide information on embassies in the US and in Italy, news feeds, security alerts, and information on health and general country statistical information.

The information provided is based on current information at time of publication and may be subject to change.
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