When in Turin, wandering the noisy city streets is as fun as it can get, but one could find great pleasure, too, in simply gazing upon the big great city from afar. It’s true, there are no Piazzale Michelangelo or Tour Montparnasse here, but Turin’s alternatives come pretty close to perfection in what concerns panoramic viewing:
Basilica of Superga
Situated in what the locals call la collina torinese, Basilica of Superga is one of the most important touristic attractions in town, for both the breathtaking views of the city and the fact that it houses the Savoia Family’s Royal Tombs. It was founded by Duke Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy in 1706, to fulfill the vow he made to Virgin Mary, if victorious in battle; subsequently, the basilica was dedicated to Our Lady of Grace and consecrated as early as 1749.
Apart from being a historical landmark in relation with the Savoy Royal Family, the area is also well known as a pilgrimage site for football supporters (since, on May 4th 1949 the Grande Torino football team’s airplane crashed on the hill behind Superga) and for being the end-station of the picturesque Tramvia a Cremagliera which links Sassi Station (in Torino – Modena square 6) and the Superga Station (for a 3.100 m & 20 min long tram ride).
HOW MUCH: if you content yourself with just the view, well… that’s for free
Mole Antonelliana Panoramic Lift
Apart from being the architectural symbol of Turin and from housing the internationally famous Museum of Cinema, Mole Antonelliana is also hugely popular for its panoramic lift. The elevator consists in a transparent crystal cabin (functioning since 1961, renovated since 1999 to modern standards) which takes you from 10 to 85 m high in under one minute. At the top, the eager visitors can enjoy the extraordinary 360° view of Turin, from a balcony over the city and the amphitheater of the Alps.
HOW MUCH: full price € 7.00; reduced fee € 5.00 for people aged 6 to 18 years old, university students under 26 years old, for the over 65 and owners of Torino+Piemonte Card; free admission for children up to 5 years old, disabled visitors and one accompanying person
Intesa SanPaolo Skyscraper
The latest addition to Turin’s architectural landscape is located at the very heart of the city, bringing the newest technologies and design to a place where renaissance details usually mix with baroque hints, and rococo wonders match with neo-
The skyscraper currently houses San Paolo Bank headquarters, but there is plenty of room to wonder about: it also features a bio-climatic solar greenhouse, a lounge bar and an (already) renowned restaurant called Piano35 (where access to the stunning view over the city is reservation-based only).
HOW MUCH: if your interest is piqued, the cocktails at the bar start somewhere around € 8 – 10; the view, nevertheless, is priceless