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Mole Antonelliana

One of the tallest buildings of its time, this historic landmark still towers over central Turin, providing visitors with panoramic views of the city.

Originally built as a Jewish Temple, the Mole Antonelliana stands as a revered landmark in Turin. The building was completed in 1889, one year after the death of its architect, Alessandro Antonelli. Today the building houses the Italian National Cinema Museum and provides panoramic views of the city for visitors willing to brave its towering heights.

At the time of its completion the Mole Antonelliana was the tallest brick building in the world. After a storm ravaged its spire, it was reconstructed to allow for public access and the elevator that now takes visitors to its high points. Before heading into the building, take the time to stroll around the outside and appreciate its architectural brilliance.

Once inside, head for the glass elevator that takes you up to the viewing platform almost 280 feet (85 meters) above the ground. You’ll often have to line up to use the elevator, so make sure to time your visit well. On most days you can clearly see the Alps that rise from the northwest and cover nearly half the horizon.

Make your way back down the elevator and stop at the National Cinema Museum for an interesting lesson in the country’s cinema. The collections include films, negatives and cinema technology from the early days of Italian film. The museum also has a large collection of props and costumes used in iconic Italian films as well as drawings from old Walt Disney movies.

At night an art installation by Mario Merz lights up a side of the Mole with the first numbers of the Fibonacci sequence. The rest of the building is also dazzled in lights, and can be seen throughout much of the city.

The Mole Antonelliana is located next to the Royal Gardens, just north of the River Po. Both the elevator and museum have small admission fees; save money by purchasing the two tickets together. The museum and elevator are closed on Mondays.

Popular Activities at Mole Antonelliana

Ensure you have plenty of time at Mole Antonelliana. Here are some of the top things to do:

When arranging your trip, you may want to consider buying a Turin: Private 3–Hour City and Mole Antonelliana Tour and a Turin Hop-on Hop-off + Top Attraction Tickets.

For more activities, peruse our Turin things to do page.


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Hotel Diplomatic ¥4,958
Hotel Diplomatic

Hotel Diplomatic

Via Cernaia 42, Turin, TO
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pietro Micca Museum and Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM). Galleria Sabauda and Turin Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) are also within 1 mi (2 km). XVIII Dicembre Station is only a 2-minute walk and Turin Porta Susa Station is 3 minutes.

    Grand Hotel Sitea ¥11,376
    Grand Hotel Sitea

    Grand Hotel Sitea

    Via Carlo Alberto, 35, Turin, TO
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Historic Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Roma, Galleria Sabauda, and Piazza San Carlo. Turin Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) and Mole Antonelliana are also within 15 minutes. Porta Nuova Station is 8 minutes by foot and Turin Porta Nuova Station is 8 minutes.

      Starhotels Majestic ¥9,891
      Starhotels Majestic

      Starhotels Majestic

      Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 54, Turin, TO
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the center of Turin, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Roma, Galleria Sabauda, and Piazza San Carlo. Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM) and Piazza Castello are also within 15 minutes. Porta Nuova Station and Turin Porta Nuova Station are within a 2-minute walk.

        Hotel Turin Palace ¥13,824
        Hotel Turin Palace

        Hotel Turin Palace

        Via Sacchi 8, Turin, TO
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Historic Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Roma and Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM). Galleria Sabauda and Piazza San Carlo are also within 15 minutes. Porta Nuova Station and Turin Porta Nuova Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina ¥12,089
          NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina

          NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina

          Piazza Carlo Emanuele II, 15, Turin, TO
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Carlo Alberto, Mole Antonelliana, and Palazzo Carignano. Piazza San Carlo and Valentino Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Porta Nuova Station is 14 minutes by foot and Turin Porta Nuova Station is 14 minutes.

            Le Petit Hotel ¥7,162
            Le Petit Hotel

            Le Petit Hotel

            Via San Francesco D'assisi 21, Turin, TO
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Castello, Piazza San Carlo, and Turin Royal Theatre. Torino Incontra and Mole Antonelliana are also within 1 mi (2 km). Re Umberto Station is 9 minutes by foot and XVIII Dicembre Station is 12 minutes.

              NH Torino Centro ¥8,924
              NH Torino Centro

              NH Torino Centro

              Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 104, Turin, TO
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM) and Polytechnic University of Turin. Galleria Sabauda and Turin Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) are also within 2 mi (3 km). Vinzaglio Station is only a 2-minute walk and Porta Susa Station is 6 minutes.

                Concord Hotel ¥9,703
                Concord Hotel

                Concord Hotel

                Via Lagrange 47, Turin, TO
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Roma, Galleria Sabauda, and Piazza San Carlo. Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM) and Turin Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) are also within 15 minutes. Porta Nuova Station and Turin Porta Nuova Station are within a 5-minute walk.