The Mole Antonelliana is one of the stand out figures in Turin’s skyline. A large dome complete with spire sits proud against the backdrop of the alps and even features on the back of the 2 euro cent coin. Getting there isn’t too difficult from across the city with tram’s 7,13 and 15 leaving from Piazza Castello regularly to S. Ottavio stop just 350 metres away.
It’s definitely worth checking the opening times of the Mole, given that it’s a key tourist attraction in the city we assumed that it would be open throughout the week – alas not so. The Mole closes on a tuesday but opens every other day, care to take a guess which day we chose?
Walking back to our hotel we decided to visit the Mole the next day at opening time for a chance to get a panoramic view across Turin. The building on the approach is striking with the spire above the tower seemingly going on forever. The immediate area is quiet and peaceful with a handful of restaurants, a tabacchi and the faint chimes of the trams in the distance.
The Mole Antonelliana actually houses a museum dedicated to cinema spread across multiple floors within the building. Although you don’t have to take the option to visit the museum if, like us, you just want a birds eye view across the city. The ticket options are €10 (£8.76) for museum entry and €7 (£6.13) to take the panoramic lift up to the very top of the dome. Tickets are purchased from the booth directly inside the entrance where you can also buy a combined ticket to cover both the museum and panoramic lift at a price of €14 (£12.28).
We opted for the panoramic lift, a glass lift that not only takes you upwards to a terrace view of Turin but also gives you a sneaky peek of the museum and inner dome on the way up. Once we had purchased our tickets and gone through a quick security check we joined the small queue for the lift. It does get a bit claustrophobic in the lift as even lifting my arm to catch a picture or two on the way up was difficult. The staff aren’t afraid of packing you in.
The ride on the way up is a beautiful one though with a great view of the inner dome roof and a view across the museum. Once we got to the top the city revealed its beauty with the alps providing a sweet backdrop. There’s also a good amount of room to move around once you’re on the terrace to really appreciate the beauty of Turin from all angles. The only slight drawback is the wire fence but I guess you can’t be too careful.
We spent a good half an hour admiring the panoramic before queueing for the lift again to come back down, luckily the lift was a little less full this time. Once you get back down the bottom there’s a small gift shop with souvenirs, books and posters mostly dedicated to the cinematic museum.
I found the Mole Antonelliana to be adequate but not overly brilliant. Certainly worth doing and with a decent view at the end of it but not something to queue for ages to do. I would advise going early, taking in the alpine air on the terrace and heading out after for a morning bicerin and a slice of cake to begin the day. Just don’t turn up on a tuesday like some silly people do…
Opening times: Wednesday-Monday 0900-2000
Nearest Metro: Re Umberto