The Monza National Circuit enters the Metaverse

The Temple of Speed will be recreated in virtual reality in the year of its centenary.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza is the first circuit to enter the Metaverse . In the year of its centenary, the Temple of Speed will in fact be recreated in the virtual universe and will thus be usable by fans to remotely attend events, visit the track and the structures reproduced in three dimensions and participate in contests related to motorsport.

The announcement was made today by Alessandra Zinno , General Manager of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, at the Giffoni Film Festival . The official launch of the Monza Meta Circuit , the land of the Circuit in the Metaverse, will take place in September on the occasion of the Formula 1 Pirelli Grand Prix of Italy 2022.

The racetrack can be visited for free by fans in the Italian Metaverse The Nemesis . Through their computer or smartphone, users can choose an avatar and access the virtual and interactive world, taking part in immersive experiences and meeting other enthusiasts.

During a panel at the children's film festival, Alessandra Zinno explained: «Last year we were the first to launch the NFTs of the Circuit and from September we will be present in the Metaverse, once again setting a record. The Monza Meta Circuit will provide new opportunities for interaction not only with the public, but also with customers and sponsors ».

«With reality, we will combine experiences in the virtual world that will allow us to involve viewers in events designed specifically for the Metaverse and at the same time provide a new visibility opportunity for brands. In the coming weeks we will illustrate all the possibilities that we will offer to our fans », he concludes.

The Monza Meta Circuit will be built by the Italian start-up Rocket Dreams through Nfactory . The factory specializing in products for the Metaverse will follow the design of the virtual environments and experiences offered to users, supported by Wheelz Magazine for the brand strategy. (A.D)

MB Province and Monza National Circuit together to promote Brianza on the occasion of the 20 years of Ville Aperte in Brianza and the 100 years of the Circuit

Two important anniversaries for Brianza and its territory will be celebrated next September. In view of the pre-autumn events in which the twenty years of Ville Aperte in Brianza and the 100th anniversary of the Temple of Speed will be celebrated, the MB Province and Autodromo Nazionale Monza have signed an agreement to start the first synergistic communication network to enhance the excellence della Brianza promoting culture, tourism through events and experiential packages.

In this way, the Province and the Autodrome propose to promote a new formula of collaboration by combining culture and engines, two elements that appear distant and opposed but that can be put into dialogue to give emotions, experiences, creativity and transmit what is defined as "Italian style ". “Ville Aperte in Brianza is a format that has grown over time to make our historical heritage known, demonstrating that culture can truly be a marketing lever to promote the entire territory and all its excellences.

The Monza racetrack has already been included in the calendar of guided tours for some time: this year they wanted to give our collaboration an extra gear, joining forces on the occasion of our respective birthdays and demonstrating that different worlds can dialogue and tell about excellence. of a land where there is so much to discover. ”- explains the President of the MB Province Luca Santambrogio.

“The synergy between the Autodrome and the MB Province will make it possible to combine the high professionalism of two working groups at the service of promoting our territory. Ville Aperte in Brianza allows tens of thousands of people every year to get to know the most beautiful assets of Brianza, including our plant. The communicative power of the Circuit will now make it possible to support and expand the notoriety of the initiative, with the common goal of making the twenty-year edition of Ville Aperte, on the occasion of the centenary of the Autodrome, the most attended so far. " - explains the General Manager of the Monza National Circuit Alessandra Zinno.

The Monza National Autodrome has already participated in Ville Aperte in Brianza for several years and also on the occasion of the two anniversaries, it will offer guided tours in the exclusive places of the Circuit through a path that crosses the history of the place, in addition to the environments and the backstage of Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix and all the other motorsport events held within the Monza circuit. In addition to the confirmed program of guided tours, through the Convention, the Province and the Autodrome have undertaken to establish a synergistic relationship of collaboration in the promotion of the activities envisaged in the communication plans drawn up to celebrate the respective anniversaries with the aim of increasing the audience of visitors and offer a valid and attractive tourist-cultural offer in the area.

Monza Power Run, a charity run in the Temple of Speed

600 registered for an amateur obstacle test at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. The proceeds will be donated entirely to support the fight against leukemia.

The solidarity events continue at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. After the March LILT and the Handcycling GP Monza last June, tomorrow, Saturday 23 July, the Temple of Speed will welcome the participants of the Monza Power Run , a charitable and non-competitive race whose proceeds will be donated in its entirety to support the fight against leukemia. The event is organized by the LELE Forever ODV Association, which for over 20 years has supported the projects of the Adult Hematology Department of the S. Gerardo Hospital in Monza for over 20 years.

The 600 members, who during the test will have to try their hand at overcoming scenic obstacles, climbing, jumps and fords, after the start at 6 pm in Villasanta will stop at the Autodrome for the most intense of the two days, the one in which they will have to face a race of 12 Km. Once on the circuit, they will cover short stretches of the track, pass on the historic overpasses and on more treacherous terrain, such as the escape routes of the track and the parking areas.

The event, which will continue on Sunday 24 July with the Monza Sprint Run of 6 km between Villasanta and the Monza Park, is open to everyone, even without having a medical certificate and with the sole requirement of having completed 18 years. It is also possible to participate individually or together with your team, consisting of at least 4 competitors, with a minimum donation of 43 euros for the 12 km and 26 euros for the 6 km, and following all the registration procedures specified on the website www.monzapowerrun .it . (fm)


ITA Airways will be Title Sponsor of the Centenary of the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. The meaning of this important partnership was illustrated this morning, at the ITA Airways lounge, Piazza di Spagna, at Terminal E of the Leonardo da Vinci airport in Fiumicino, in a press conference attended by the President of ACI, Angelo Sticchi Damiani, the President of CONI, Giovanni Malagò and the Executive President of ITA Airways, Alfredo Altavilla, the meeting with the media was preceded by the unveiling of the first ITA Airways aircraft with the logo for the 100th anniversary of Monza, a Airbus A330 new blue livery dedicated to Tazio Nuvolari, the "Flying Mantuan", universally considered one of the greatest pilots of all time.

Known throughout the world as "The Temple of Speed", Autodromo Monza is the second oldest facility in the world still in operation - the only one where Formula 1 races are still held - and is considered the fastest track, besides than one of the most
spectacular and challenging, of the entire World Cup.

To celebrate this incredible century of great sport, three aircraft with the new blue livery of the ITA Airways fleet will wear the Autodrome Celebrations Logo: in addition to the Airbus A330 dedicated to Tazio Nuvolari, two other Airbus A319s bearing the name of Alberto will be in the fleet Ascari, two-time Formula 1 World Champion (1952 and '53, both in a Ferrari), Michele Alboreto (F1 vice-world champion in 1985, in a Ferrari).

The great news of ITA Airways will also be to dedicate the flagship of its fleet, the new Airbus A350, blue livery to the legendary Enzo Ferrari - "the Drake" - legendary founder and of the homonymous team, the most titled in the history of Formula 1, with 31 world titles (16 Manufacturers, 15 Drivers). It is the first time ever that the man who changed the history of world motoring has an airplane with his name, and only ITA could do it. Special thanks to the engineer Piero Ferrari and the Ferrari management who made this happen.

The airbus A350 of the ITA Airways fleet represents the maximum expression of technology, sustainability and innovation. It is the first time that the Company of the Flag has this aircraft in its fleet, moreover in no less than 6 units. The name Enzo Ferrari will be written on a red background, also a uniqueness, because red and Ferrari are one thing, like ITA Airways and blue, just as exclusive is this red detail among all the aircraft in the fleet. The marriage between Enzo Ferrari and ITA Airways is natural: just as Ferrari has innovated racing, ITA Airways wants to be a pioneer of innovation in air transport. And today ACI and the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, with the presence of Coni, have given the opportunity to make this link concrete. The four planes in the blue livery of ITA Airways with the celebratory logo of the Monza racetrack are part of the Company's strategy to be alongside sport. The “Enzo Ferrari” plane will be the ambassador in the world of the excellence of our country, and its first flight will be special. In fact, at the next Monza Grand Prix in September he will fly over the Monza circuit and greet the starting grid. It will be a unique moment and it will be an opportunity of great visibility for Italy on a world level. Furthermore, this flight will be powered by SAF, the most ecological jet fuel in the world, because innovation and sustainability go hand in hand.

"With extraordinary sporting feats, which have become legendary - declared Angelo Sticchi Damiani, President of the Automobile Club of Italy, the Italian Federation of Automotive Sports - Nuvolari, Ascari, Alboreto and, of course, Ferrari, have made people fly and meet generations of motorsport enthusiasts and fans from all over the world. And it is precisely this ideal twinning between emotions - those of motorsport and those of flight - together with the sharing of fundamental values, common to sport and aviation - maximum professionalism, strong competitiveness, continuous technological innovation, great attention to the sustainable future - the idea behind this important partnership between ACI and ITA Airways ".

“This year - concluded Sticchi Damiani - our pilots will fly together: the wish of all of us is that they will be able to lead ITA Airways and the Monza National Circuit towards an ever brighter and more fortunate future”.

"We are proud - declared Giovanni Malagò, President of CONI - that ACI, through this prestigious partnership, will strengthen the link between our movement and ITA Airways. The celebration of the Centenary of the Monza racetrack and the attribution of the naming of four aircraft to timeless figures and performers, capable of legendary feats, enhances the importance of the history of motoring and the fundamental activity promoted by the Federation for its development. The national airline - added Malagò - recognizes, once again, the value of Italian sport as an expression of the country's excellence, making it fly around the world in the sign of collective pride. A winning synergy to go further and further, ever higher ".

"Monza is the Italian Grand Prix and there could not have been the Compagnia di Bandiera, with ACI it is a natural partnership, we are both ambassadors of the best Italy in the world." Said Alfredo Altavilla, Executive President of ITA Airways. “All the more so for the anniversary of the circuit's centenary. It is the first time that the airline is present at the Italian Grand Prix and this partnership, thanks to ACI, strengthens the bond between ITA Airways and sport. After the planes named after various sportsmen, here are those dedicated to four figures who have written the history of Italian motoring, with the exclusive aircraft named after Enzo Ferrari. As he innovated racing, we want to be pioneers of innovation in aviation. With conviction and determination we are changing paradigms that have long been consolidated in the sector, because we know that the greatest opportunities come precisely from the discontinuity that we must be able to make the most of. And that's what we're doing. "

"When we launched the Centenary logo at the Dubai Expo - underlined Ludovico Fois, ACI Communications Manager and Advisor for External and Institutional Relations - we set ourselves the goal of giving great international prominence to the history of the Circuit and, above all, to its future. The choice of ITA Airways as Title Sponsor of the Centenary is a fundamental piece of this path, made possible by the presence of strong shared values and the desire to transmit the passion for Italian sport and energy in the world. The chosen claim - “This year, our pilots will fly together” - perfectly embodies this ideal union, uniting our two worlds in an exciting shared narrative.

Vaxiviere-Lapierre-Negrão win the WEC 6 Hours of Monza 2022

The three Alpine drivers play an attacking race, take advantage of the problems of Glickenhaus and overtake both Toyota, which complete the overall podium. Splendid second place for the Iron Dames in LMGTE Am.

Matthieu Vaxiviere, Nicolas Lapierre and André Negrão triumph in the second edition of the 6 Hours of Monza of the World Endurance Championship , giving the Alpine ELF Team a valuable championship victory. The race is decided after an exciting fight with both Toyota and three cars to fight for the victory until the end, including overtaking, counter-overtaking and strategy games. The outcome of the race seemed already written after the first three hours, when the Glickenhaus of Olivier Pla, Romain Dumas and Luis Felipe Derani, dominant in qualifying on Saturday, had an advantage of almost a minute over all rivals and was in total control . But first a drive through and then a turbo problem forced the pilots of the Glickenhaus 007 LMH to abandon the race prematurely, opening the dance to a close fight for the conquest of the top step of the podium.

The three Alpine drivers had the merit of competing in a race that was always on the attack, in which they were often forced to chase the two cars of the Japanese team, without ever letting go of their exhausts. The decisive episodes occurred in the last third of the race, when Vaxiviere proved his strength by first overtaking the # 8 car of Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa, who finished the 6 Hours in second place overall after an attempt comeback on the winners in the final, and then Kamui Kobayashi, at the wheel of the other Toyota GR010 - Hybrid together with Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez. In this second overtaking, there was a contact between Vaxiviere and Kobayashi, with the Japanese driver who was forced to stop in the pits for a puncture. Toyota # 7 thus finished in third place.

Bitter debut instead for Peugeot in the first real test bench in a competition for the two 9x8 Hypercars that the French team presented in the Temple of Speed. After having encountered technical problems already in qualifying, which ended in third from last place on the grid, the # 93 of Paul Di Resta, Mikkel Jensen and Jean-Eric Vergne crashed at the entrance to the pitlane after a few minutes and was forced to retire. The same fate also for teammates Loic Duval, Gustavo Menezes and James Rossiter, who at least managed to cover more than three and a half hours of racing and provide some chronometric data to the team for the next rounds, without ever being able to keep up with the pace. of the former.

A result not at all obvious even among the LMP2 , a class in which several teams took the lead in several moments of the race. In the end, Rui Andrade, Norman Nato and Ferdinand Habsburg crossed the line in front of everyone on their Oreca 07 - Gibson of Realteam by WRT. Roberto Gonzalez, Antonio Felix da Costa and William Stevens (Jota), leader of the drivers' classification and who still played an extraordinary race, tried to take away from him the first place, recovering from the 38th and last position of the starting grid and coming one step away from category success. Vector Sport took the last place on the class podium with the # 10 car driven by Nico Müller, Ryan Cullen and Sebastien Bourdais.

The dispute between the LMGTE Pro was also resolved only two minutes from the end, and it was not a pleasant finish for Antonio Fuoco and Miguel Molina's Ferrari 488 GTE Evo. Leaders until then, when there were only a few kilometers to go to the checkered flag, the two were forced to refuel in the pit lane due to a mistake by the team, which had not correctly calculated the amount of fuel needed to reach the finish. To celebrate is Corvette Racing, with the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R of the Anglo-American duo formed by Nick Tandy and Tommy Milner, who see an unexpected success served on a silver platter. Third place for the other Ferrari competing in the category, that of Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, fighting for victory as much as their team mates after starting in front of everyone in their class, but also penalized by an error to the low wall which cost him a penalty.

On the other hand, a superlative performance both in qualifying and in the race was not enough for the Iron Dames to win over all the competitors in the LMGTE Am class. After a surprising pole for Sarah Bovy and a first place confirmed for a large slice of the race also by Rahel Frey and Michelle Gatting, the girls behind the wheel of the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo saw a historic triumph blow in Monza from the Porsche 911 RSR - 19 of Dempsey-Proton Racing, driven by Christian Ried and Britons Sebastian Priaulx and Harry Tincknell. Crucial was a longer than expected pit stop for the Dames, who tried to mend the tear in the final without success and finishing second. Behind them were Mikkel Pedersen, Nicolas Leutwiler and the Italian Matteo Cairoli, in another of the five Porsches in the race.

For the Temple of Speed it was a breathtaking weekend not only on the track but also in support of the race, thanks to the many activations organized for the public who followed the event live. An excellent turnout of fans affected the stands, with the fans in the central grandstand privileged spectators of the pre-race musical performances of the Italian Bagutti Orchestra, which sang the Italian anthem just before the start of the race. The fans also entertained themselves in the Fan Area prepared for the race, with the presence of the famous TV presenter Diletta Leotta and the activations of Radio 105, which helped to give even more color to the three days.

After hosting the World Endurance Championship, which also saw the legendary Goodyear airship return to fly over the skies of Brianza exactly like last year, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza is preparing for the most important sporting event of the year. In fact, between 9 and 11 September it will be time for the Formula 1 Pirelli Italian Grand Prix 2022, with Ferrari hoping to achieve success in the Temple of Speed in front of the tide after today's victory at the Red Bull Ring. red that will finally return to invade the Monza circuit. (fm)

WEC 6 Hours of Monza, 38 cars on track in the Temple of Speed for the World Endurance Championship

Hypercar, LMP2, LMGTE Pro and Am will be at the start of the second endurance race in a few days at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Also on the grid are the two Peugeot 9x8 Hypercars, rookies in an official competition.

38 cars from 27 different teams, for a total of 109 drivers competing. This is the parterre with which the World Endurance Championship , now in its tenth season, lands in Italy for the 6 Hours of Monza, a new appointment with an endurance race for the Temple of Speed in a back to back of two consecutive weeks with the European Le Mans Series.

Between Friday 8 and Sunday 10 July, Hypercar, LMP2 and LMGTE are ready to roar on the straights and between the curbs of the Brianza Circuit, to offer a great show to the public in the stands and to make the Autodrome once again the cradle of international endurance. , after the debut of the World Championship in Italy last year with the Monza race.

In the entry list of the race Toyota, Alpine, Glickenhaus and Peugeot stand out, fielding the very fast Hypercars on the track and competing for the absolute podium. Toyota arrives at the appointment as leader in the world championship classification of teams, after having conquered the first two positions in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that preceded the Italian round. The Conway-Kobayashi-Lopez trio of the Japanese brand also won last season's 6 Hours of Monza.

The Japanese manufacturer is chased in the general classification, 22 points behind, by Alpine ELF Team which, despite the défaillance on the Circuito de la Sarthe, instead commands the drivers' classification with the A480 - Gibson # 36 led by André Negrão, Nicolas Lapierre and Matthieu Vaxiviére, victorious in the 1000 Miglia of Sebring at the beginning of the season and second in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in May.

The two teams will have to contend with three other highly rated crews for the first place finish. Olivier Pla, Romain Dumas and Luis Felipe Derani will be driving the only car from Glickenhaus Racing, with a completely renewed light blue livery. There is great anticipation for the debut, just this weekend, of the two Peugeot 9x8 Hypercars from Peugeot TotalEnergies. One of the two will present at the wheel, together with the Danish Mikkel Jensen, the two former Formula 1 drivers Paul Di Resta and Jean-Eric Vergne, while the other will be shared by Loic Duval, Gustavo Menezes and James Rossiter.

Among the 14 LMP2 prototypes that will see the green flag fly on Sunday there will be a close fight between different teams, with a currently very short ranking and with Jota, United Autosports USA, Prema Orlen Team and WRT enclosed in just 24 points. Antonio Felix da Costa, Roberto Gonzalez and William Stevens (Jota), in first place among the drivers, will have to be good at managing an 11-point gap over Joshua Pierson and Olivier Jarvis (United Autosports USA), who will drive their Oreca 07 - Gibson along with Alexander Lynn.

For the class LMGTE Pro, 5 cars will compete for the category success on the track, of which 2 Porsche 911 RSR -19, a Chevrolet Corvette C8.R and two Prancing Horse cars, the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo driven respectively by the couples Alessandro Pier Guidi - James Calado and Miguel Molina - Antonio Fuoco. The Italian team races to Monza aware of having to recover 26 points on Porsche, which is currently at the top of the constructors' classification with 165 points, against Ferrari's 139.

Finally, 13 LMGTE Ams will also be part of the fray, including two Aston Martin Vantage AMRs who are fighting for the class title. Ben Keating and Marco Sorensen (TF Sport) will try to repeat the success obtained at Le Mans and extend the standings, well supported by the third driver present at the 6 Hours of Monza in car # 33, Henrique Chaves. Paul Dalla Lana, David Pittard and Nicki Thiim, currently 8 points from the top of the category ranking and lined up in Monza for the Northwest AMR team, will try to fight them.

It should be noted the large presence, especially among the LMGTE Pro and Am, of Italian drivers who will certainly be supported by the cheering of the public present in the stands. In addition to the aforementioned Pier Guidi and Fuoco, Gianmaria Bruni will take care of the Italian flag in a Porsche among the GTE Pros. At the start for the LMGTE Am, together with the all-tricolor crew of Iron Lynx Claudio Schiavoni - Matteo Cressoni - Giancarlo Fisichella in a Ferrari 488, there are Matteo Cairoli and Riccardo Pera at the wheel of the Porsche 911 and Francesco Castellacci always in a 488. Among the reds of the Cavallino, the presence of the female Iron Dames team, made up of Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting and Sarah Bovy, should be highlighted.

The track program of the 6 Hours of Monza includes three free practice sessions, of which the first two of 90 minutes respectively at 15:30 on Friday and at 9 the following day. Also on Saturday there will also be the third one, of an exact hour, starting at 13:30. To decide the starting grid, two qualifying heats will be held, one dedicated to the LMGTEs at 17:30, and the other for the LMP2 and Hypercars immediately after, at 17:50.

The 6 Hours will be the main dish on Sunday, with the start at 12 which will be preceded by the opening of the pitlane for the public from 9.20 with an autograph session. The complete timetable and all other entertainment activities for the fans during the event are available on the dedicated page WEC - FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Monza where it is also possible to buy tickets for the event. (fm)

WEC 6 Hours of Monza, the debut of the new Peugeot 9x8 is ready

The World Endurance Championship runs on Sunday at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Paddock and pitlane open to fans, with entertainment activities in the Fan Area for adults and children. Diletta Leotta will start the race.

There are only a few days left until the second weekend dedicated to endurance races at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. After archiving the weekend of the European Le Mans Series, the Temple of Speed is preparing to welcome the World Endurance Championship teams who will race the 6 Hours of Monza on Sunday 10 July.

The Italian stage of the World Endurance Championship comes one month after the 24 Hours of Le Mans where Toyota scored a double on the podium with the crews formed by Buemi-Hartley-Hirakawa and Conway-Kobayashi-Lopez. However, the Japanese manufacturer will have to contend with a new and formidable opponent at Monza.

The new and awaited Hypercar Peugeot 9X8 will make its debut in the Italian round of the WEC, joining the two Toyota GR10 - Hybrid, Alpine A480 - Gibson and Glickenhaus 007 LMH already fighting for the title in the premier class.

The fast Monza circuit will therefore be the renowned stage on which fans from all over the world will see the prototype of the House of the Lion in action for the first time, just as it happened exactly fifteen years ago.

The Peugeot 908 HDi Fap, which marked the return of the French brand to endurance racing after the early nineties, made its debut at the 1000 KM of Monza in 2007. The LMP1 coupe powered by a diesel V12 delivered the victory into the hands of the crew of Nicolas Minassian and Marc Gené.

At the WEC 6 Hours of Monza 2022 the new Hypercar Peugeot # 93 driven by Paul Di Resta, Mikkel Jensen and Jean-Eric Vergne and the # 94 of Loic Duval, Gustavo Menezes and James Rossiter will take to the track, after six intense months of testing in track throughout Europe.

Vergne explains: «I love Monza, where I have already raced many times. It is truly the Temple of Speed and I believe it is an ideal track to start our WEC program. We arrive with great humility, with the desire to do well, thanks to all the work done previously ».

Rossiter concludes: «Monza is a circuit that occupies a special place in my career because I was able to drive you in Formula 1. I love its classic track, the pure speed that Monza offers. To be able to start in this extraordinary place with the 9X8 will be, in my opinion, incredible ».

The public will have to expect a fierce competition on the track with the six Hypercars present, along with the 14 LMP2 and 18 LMGTE, for a total of 38 cars in the race. The start of the WEC 6 Hours of Monza is scheduled for Sunday 10 July at noon.

On the same day there will be an autograph session with all the crews, including 11 Italian drivers, in the pitlane which will therefore be open to spectators for an hour starting at 9:20. In this way, it will be possible to approach the pits and admire the prototypes and cars that, a few hours later, will race between the Monza curbs.

Even the paddock , crowded with motorhomes and insiders, will be accessible to the public with the special VIP Paddock ticket to be purchased in combination with the circuit entrance ticket, with which it is possible to go up to all the open grandstands.

However, spectators will not only be entertained by the track activities. In the area behind the Garden stands, the Fan Area will be open from Friday to Sunday. Inside, the WEC village with activities for children and adults, stands with the distribution of gadgets, corners for the purchase of official championship and racetrack clothing and food trucks.

The background music of the Fan Area will be entrusted to Radio 105 with a DJ set on Sunday when the presenter Diletta Leotta will also be present who will meet her fans and offer some lucky ones the opportunity to accompany her on the starting grid.

Before the start, on the straight, the Italian Bagutti Orchestra will also play with eight musicians and three singers who will accompany the preparatory phases before the traffic lights go out with a contemporary high-energy repertoire that will enthuse the stands and, finally, the traditional Mameli Hymn. .

On Friday the entrance to the circuit is free, with the only payment of the internal parking for the car, while on Saturday, qualifying day, and Sunday it will be necessary to buy the entrance ticket , booking it in advance from the website or by calling the toll-free number 800-905450. The complete sports program and more information on how to access are available on the official website of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. (A.D)

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Discovering the historic center of Monza, an unmissable jewel

The historic center of Monza preserves some of the artistic and cultural treasures of the city of Brianza. In a few square kilometers, walking along well-kept streets, you cross centuries of history, letting yourself be conquered by symbolic monuments such as the Cathedral, the Tower of Teodolinda, the Arengario and the numerous churches scattered throughout. The historic center of Monza, therefore, is undoubtedly among the things to see if you decide to visit the area.

If you are planning a visit to Monza , for one or more days, know that you absolutely must plan a walk through the historic center . In fact, this is undoubtedly the best way to get to know the city of Brianza , its history, its artistic heritage and its cultural background. In particular, there are some points in the historic center of Monza that cannot be ignored. Here is a short itinerary to not get lost.

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The Duomo complex

This virtual journey cannot fail to start from the beating heart of the city: the Duomo of Monza , with all that it contains. In fact, inside the minor Basilica of San Giovanni Battista (this is its real name) there are some of the most precious pieces that Monza has to offer to tourists: the wonderful Theodolinda Chapel, theTree of Life by Arcimboldo, a rich series of prestigious frescoes , the Iron Crown and the Museum of the Treasure and Cathedral of Monza .

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The Arengario palace

A little more than 100 meters on foot from the Duomo, stands the other symbol of Monza: the Palazzo dell'Arengario , that is the ancient town hall. Its importance is also confirmed by its strategic position, as it overlooks Piazza Roma , the nerve center of the city, from which all the main streets branch off. Today, the building is used as an exhibition space , while the ancient collections that filled it have been transferred to the nearby Civic Museums , housed in the Casa degli Umiliati .

The Civic Museums of Monza

The distance between the Arengario and the Museums is really minimal, less than 300 meters, passing again near the Duomo. To confirm that walking around Monza is very easy. The building where the museums are located was an old reception house for lay members of religious orders . Today, the two floors of the structure house both archaeological finds and paintings from the sixteenth to the twentieth century , as well as temporary exhibitions .

The Longobard Tower, the Teodolinda Tower and the Viscontea Tower

If you leave the Civic Museums and head towards the Lambro river , you have the opportunity to admire two towers, which are also very characteristic. They are the Lombard Tower , the only one from that period still intact, and the Tower of Teodolinda , from the Middle Ages. Also along the Lambro there is also the nineteenth-century Torre Viscontea , but moved further south, about 500 meters from the other two.

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The Ponte dei Leoni and the remains of the Ponte d'Arena

Near the Tower of Teodolinda, it is also possible to admire the Bridge of the lions , the most famous of those that cross the Lambro river. It was built in the mid-1800s, with the intention of enhancing the Austrian Empire. To make room for it, what remained of the old Ponte d'Arena was demolished, much larger but already partially destroyed by a flood, the last of which are still visible.

The churches and other monuments of the historic center of Monza

In closing and in no particular order, some other places of historical and artistic interest deserve to be mentioned, such as the war memorial located in Piazza Trento e Trieste . The same goes for the numerous churches scattered all over the city, such as Santa Maria in Strada , San Maurizio (where legend has it that the nun of Monza took her vows), Santa Maria al Carrobiolo and San Pietro Martire .

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IDEC Sport wins the ELMS 4 Hours of Monza

Lafargue-Chatin-Pilet recover from ninth place and beat both Panis Racing and Prema. Iron Lynx with Schiavoni-Cressoni-Rigon brings the Italian flag to the first step of the LMGTE podium.

The third round of the European Le Mans Series does not fail to meet expectations and offers emotions and great surprises at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. The ELMS 4 Hours of Monza inaugurates two weekends of endurance races in the Temple of Speed which will culminate next weekend with the WEC 6 Hours of Monza.

Today, after four unpredictable hours full of reversals and changes at the top of the standings, the French Paul Lafargue, Paul Loup Chatin and Patrick Pilet prove to be superior to their rivals on their Oreca 07 - Gibson # 28 and deservedly triumph in Monza.

Starting from ninth position, the three drivers of the IDEC Sport team set an unsustainable pace for all competitors, overtaking on the track also the # 9 Prema Racing prototype driven by Louis Deletraz, Ferdinand Habsburg and Lorenzo Colombo, who arrived at the Brianza circuit with the underdogs after having monopolized the first two races of the season.

Stronger than a 20-second penalty for not slowing down sufficiently under Full Course Yellow, the three winners get behind not only the Prema trio, who eventually crosses the finish line in third position, but also the Panis team. Racing, close to repeating the victory obtained in the 4 Hours of Monza in 2021 thanks to a solid performance by Julien Canal, Job Van Uitert and Nicolas Jamin. The latter, however, must be satisfied with the second final place, despite having commanded the race in flashes.

A very similar fate also touches the fastest on Saturday among the LMP3s. Cool Racing's Malthe Jakobsen, Michael Benham and Maurice Smith all trim 8 tenths of a second on the fastest lap but are forced to retire due to an accident in the race. Nicolas Pino, Charles Crews and Guilherme Oliveira (Inter Europol Competition), who started from second place, finish first in the class, winning respectively on Terrence Woodward, Ross Kaiser and Mark Richards (360 Racing) and on the duo Max Koebolt and Matthew R. Bell ( Eurointernational). All podium crews raced on Ligier JS P320 - Nissan.

The victory between LMGTE is all Italian. The Ferrari F488 GTE EVO with Claudio Schiavoni, Matteo Cressoni and Davide Rigon at the wheel adopts an aggressive strategy. With one stop less than their rivals in the category, the Iron Lynx team surprised the Porsche 911 RSR - 19 of Christian Ried, Lorenzo Ferrari and Gianmaria Bruni (Proton Competition), second in the waving of the checkered flag after a race managed in the lead for the first three hours. The lowest step of the podium goes to another Ferrari F488 GTE EVO, the # 57 of the Kessel Racing team driven by the Japanese Takeshi Kimura and the Danes Frederik Schandorff and Mikkel Jensen.

The Monza appointment with the Michelin Le Mans Cup has given several twists between tight fights on the track, safety car and Full Course Yellow, which made the final result unpredictable. At the end of the 110 minutes of racing, Alexander Mattschull and Tom Dillman of the Racing Spirit of Leman team rejoiced, who managed the top moments of the race in the best possible way and climbed to the top step of the podium after having recovered from the initial sixth place. With this result, the Franco-German duo has increased their gap over their opponents in the championship standings. The position of prototype n. 29 driven by Louis Rousset and Jérome de Sadeleer (MV2S Forestier Racing), started and finished in second place. Racing Spirit of Leman completed the podium of the LMP3, concluding a profitable weekend for the team with the third place obtained by Josh Skelton and Jacques Wolff.

Surprising result also among the GT3s, with the Honda NSX # 88 (GMB Motorsport) driven by Lars and Mikkel Pedersen who recovered from the last spot of the grid to win the class race, making a real feat. The Danish couple even managed to outpace all their rivals by more than a minute, ahead of teammates Kristian Poulsen and Kasper Jensen in the Honda NSX n ° 55 and the Bullitt Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 with Stephen Pattrick and Valentin. Hasse-Clot.

Gillian Henrion confirmed her leadership in the overall standings of the Ligier European Series by obtaining a double victory in the races held in Monza. After starting from pole position in both appointments, the Frenchman of Virage team beat the competition by putting behind in race-1 Natan Bihel (M Racing), second, and Andrei Vajda (Smart Driving), third. In race-2, behind Henrion, Alexandru Mirea and Bihel finished.

Mitjet Italia drivers battled four times in the Temple of Speed, with two 20-minute races on Saturday and two on Sunday. Triplet for the Scionti Racing team in race-1, which saw Pier Andrea Demarco cross the finish line before his team mates Federico Scionti and Matteo Desideri.

In the second competition Demarco instead saw the victory blow by just over a tenth from Povilas Jankavicius (Arctic Energy), finishing second ahead of Kevin Caprasse (DNS Racing). The latter won instead by only 11 thousandths in race-3, held on Sunday morning, after a strenuous duel with Jankavicius. Third place for Desideri, as well as in race-4, which put an end to the battles on the track of the Brianza weekend and determined another victory for Demarco, this time over Jankavicius.

Great participation on Sunday for the drivers' autograph session and the opening of the starting grid to the public. The show was enriched by the performance of the trial motorcycle biker Julien Perret, known for his participation in Italia's Got Talent, and by the Italian anthem sung by Carola Campagna, a young artist from All Together Now. The youtuber Davide Cironi waved the green flag at the start and the final checkered flag.

In the Temple of Speed we are already back on track in a few days with the 6 hours of Monza of the World Endurance Championship. Another prestigious appointment with an endurance race therefore for the Brianza circuit. The world series, between Friday 8 and Sunday 10 July, will see 38 cars on the starting grid, with the long-awaited debut of the Peugeot 9x8, which will join the other Hypercars at the start. The presence at the street of Diletta Leotta and the animation of Radio 105 will contribute to making the event unforgettable for the public on Sunday. (fm)