This Lift Moves Both Horizontally and Vertically

By Casey Chan on at

Willy Wonka’s glass elevator is real! Well, sort of.

In Italy, there’s a lift that can switch directions and move both horizontally and vertically. Plus, there’s a glass lookout so you can see where you’re going. Tom Scott visited the Ascensore Castello d’Albertis-Montegalletto in Genoa to figure out how the contraption works, and how it manages to be safe to ride.

The lift travels 300 metres horizontally before it starts going up to a castle at the top of the hill. The way it works is pretty smart: it’s two completely different systems. The cabin that people get into can only move horizontally. To move up and down, the life actually goes inside a bigger lift. You never change cars, so you’d never know the difference.