Genoa, Italy, is a gorgeous city built right into the seaside mountains. But the vertical landscape makes it difficult for residents and travelers to get around. However, thanks to decades-old ingenuity, one elevator system shuffles visitors both horizontally and vertically without skipping a beat.

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The Ascensore Castello d’Albertis-Montegalletto was built in 1929 by a private company, but now is available to the public wishing for an adventurous visit to the castle. Tom Scott documented the experience on his Amazing Places YouTube series, allowing viewers a curious glimpse into the clever engineering endeavor.

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Nonconventional transportation is something the Genoese are used to, seeing as railways are tunneled into the rocky terrain and can even travel on an ascending angle. The Ascensore Castello d’Albertis-Montegalletto, however, is the only elevator in the city that switches between two separate systems to transport people along a horizontal cable and then upwards seventy meters toward the sky. Luckily for passengers, a glass window gives a clear view of the whole journey and a story to bring home to their friends.

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