We have just returned from four nights at the Brianza. We were going to the Monza GP on the Saturday and Sunday and this was the best deal I found when booking.
If you arrive into Linate airport the taxi's are a total rip off, we were quoted 50-60 Euros to travel 7 Km's. We ended up taking the number 73 orange bus into San Babila which cost 1.50 Euros each and this drops you right in the city centre.
The rooms are small but comfortable, the bathroom is a nice size with a shower and it was always clean and fresh towels provided. We only had breakfast two of the mornings due to the time we had to leave to get to Monza. The breakfast was basic it was either one type of cereal or bread, you are given fresh croissants and there is juice and water for you to just help yourself.
The location was good, we did not need to use the subway as everthing was walking distance. The Central Station is a 10-15 minute walk and the city centre is about the same in the other direction heading towards the Duomo .
The Duomo Cathedral is a must, take the lift to the rooftop which costs 12 Euros to see the amazing views of the square and architecture of the cathedral. It is free to go inside and is breathtaking!
We also went on the hop on hop off bus tour which cost 20 Euros and the ticket is valid for 48 hours, this takes you to the sights and is a good way to find out where everything is.
Advise for the Monza GP:
Now the staff at Central Station were very confusing, on the Friday we walked over to check when the trains run into Monza on the Saturday and where told three different things by the staff so were none the wiser! For qualifying take the train which says LECCE and it is around a 10 minute trip into Monza. Before you get on the train get a ticket from the machine which is in English and before getting on the train you need to put it into one of the yellow machines around the station to validate your ticket, they do not have turnstiles like in London but there are ticket inspectors on the train so make sure your ticket is validated. We paid 4 Euros for the ticket for both of us into Monza.
Once you arrive into Monza there are shuttle buses taking you to the park which are free. Make sure you have comfortable shoes as it is a long walk to get to the track as the park is huge but it is well worth it once you arrive at the track.
On the Sunday they do put on special trains which say 'Monza GP' and the first one leaves at 7am, this takes you a bit nearer into the park so the walk is shorter. If you are travelling back to Milan city centre after the race you need to head towards the shuttle bus which says 'Black Line' and the train at the station you need is Milan CLE.
Milan city centre is a great base for the Monza GP as its only a short trip away and if you add on a few extra days before the race you can see all the sights
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