The Autodromo Nazionale Monza has a history stretching all the way back to 1922. It was built to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Milan Automobile Club, and it took 3,500 workers just 110 days to complete.
The circuit has changed little since then.
The banked oval was put out to pasture many years ago, but the "road course" on which the Italian Grand Prix is held today is almost identical to the one laid down by those workers almost a century ago.
Simple, beautiful and very, very fast, Monza is and always will be a favourite among fans and drivers alike.
Turns 1, 2 and 3
A lap begins on the wide section of the pit straight with a long run down to the Variante Rettifilo chicane (Turns 1 and 2). The cars brake from speeds in excess of 350 kilometres an hour to just 70 in less than 150 metres—the heaviest braking event of the year.
The first half of the chicane is a tight right, the second an equally slow left.
We'll almost certainly see some drivers forced across the tarmac here on the opening lap as they take evasive action, and if everyone gets through with their front wings intact the whole field will deserve a round of applause.
It's full throttle after the exit and into the long, sweeping right-hander of Curva Grande (Turn 3). Though little more than a curved straight for modern machines, it remains a great corner to watch the cars accelerating through.
Strictly speaking, it hasn't officially been called Curva Grande since 1927, but that's the name everyone in the English-speaking world uses. The corner's real name is Curva Biassono.
Turns 4 and 5
Coming out of Curva Grande the cars are doing more than 310 kilometres an hour, and they add another 10-15 before another hard braking zone for the Variante della Roggia chicane (Turns 4 and 5).
The first part is a left taken at around 100 kilometres an hour and is followed by a slightly quicker right as the drivers attempt to get the power down as early as possible on the exit.
Turns 6 and 7
A short straight follows, before light braking for the first of the two Lesmos (Turn 6). This medium-speed right-hander has slight but useful banking, allowing the cars to carry a little more speed than might be expected.
It's very easy for the cars to run a touch wide here on the exit.
The second Lesmo (Turn 7) follows almost immediately, another medium-speed right, but the apex here is sharper and speeds are slightly lower.
A good exit from this corner is crucial, because it leads out onto a longish straight.
Turns 8, 9 and 10
The straight features a tiny left-hand kink before heading downhill into a slight dip.
The track passes under the old oval and rises out of the dip, then it's braking for the medium-speed Variante Ascari (Turns 8, 9 and 10).
Laid out like a three-part chicane, this complex stretch is more like a series of three proper corners. The first is a left-hander taken at around 170 kilometres an hour, which is followed by a longer, near-full-throttle right.
The final part is a full throttle left-hand kink, which the drivers exit at close to 250 kilometres an hour as they head onto the back straight.
The kerb on the outside is quite nasty to discourage running too wide, but everyone will use it as they seek the best possible line.
At the end of the straight comes braking from around 330 kilometres an hour for Monza's finest corner, Parabolica (Turn 11).
The drivers brake hard and turn in to the early apex, then feather the throttle for a second before planting it to the floor as they sweep around the rest of the corner.
It's not unusual to see a car drift slightly wide as they near the exit and plumes of dust used to be a common occurrence.
We won't see it anymore, because tarmac has replaced the gravel, but running wide should still compromise a driver's exit and in turn, his speed onto the long pit straight.
The timing beam is early on the straight, close to the bridge.
The pit lane entry is on the right just after the final corner, and the exit is on the pit straight before Turn 1.