Top 5 Film Locations From The Italian Job
This movie is so good that the original 1969 movie was named the 27th greatest British film of all time. The original movie stared Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill, Derek Ware, Frank Jarvis and many more.
The 2003 American adaptation featured an amazing cast as well that included Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Mos Def and Donald Sutherland.
Thought both movies differ from each other quite a bit, there are certain notable similarities. The car of choice for both movies were Mini Coopers, small compact, powerful and easy to maneuver. Both movies center around a group of thieves and their heist.
1. Campo San Barnaba, Venice, Veneto, Italy
This is the location of the heist in Venice, Italy in the 2003 movie opening scene. If the location looks familiar to you, then you might recognize it from other movies such as David Lean's Summer Madness and Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The San Barnaba Church dates back to the Ninth Century, and it was the featured exterior to the library in Indiana Jones.
The area itself is charming with all the things that you can expect to find such as the gondoliers and merchants selling from boats.
There are many restaurants and bars in the area. Osteria Antico Giardinetto is one that has a 4.9 rating on Google with 31 reviews. It is described as a cozy, family-run restaurant with a rustic interior and a seafood-centric menu of Mediterranean and Venetian dishes.
Bistrot De Venise is another option, an elegant little place located only about 17 minutes away from Campo San Barnaba. This restaurant serves traditional Venetian cuisine and has over 60 wines available.
2. Canazei, Trento, Trentino - Alto Adige, Italy
This location was used for the scene right after the opening heist in Italy. I'm sure you've always wanted to know where those luscious white mountains were right? Well, it's here, in Alto Adige, Italy. It's where the team celebrates a job well done and shares a toast.
The area is well known for its beautiful landscapes and the quality of the snow. There are also well-equipped ski hubs to support your need to glide down those beautiful slopes. Madonna di Campiglio, Canazei, Cavalese, and San Martino di Castrozza in the area are particularly well-known for skiing.
You can visit the small village of Canazei to get some skiing done. Canazei in Trentino is located in the northern regions of Italy. It is a small commune about 110km (68 miles) northeast of Trento, with only an approximated 2000 inhabitants, this area will probably be quiet. There are two sides to the steep valley here, the main street of the village heads up on the right hand side of this valley to an intermediate station at Pecol.
There are shops where you can hire the equipment you need, such as Northland Ski & Snowboard and Peak Sport Adventure. There are also ski schools in the area for those who need a little instruction, ski schools such as Ski & Snowboard School Canazei – Marmolada and Snowboard School Val di Fassa for snowboarders.
3. Great St. Bernard Valley, north Aosta in Italy
In the opening scenes of the 1969 movie, Italian actor Rossano Brazzi, drove a Lamborghini Miura through the pass.
This pass is the third highest road in Switzerland and it connects Martigny, in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland, to Aosta in Italy. The scenes in the movie were shot on the north Aosta side of the valley.
Beautiful winding roads with scenic views are coupled with a peaceful atmosphere, and the crispe, clean air of higher altitudes is what this area is all about. The scene is extremely iconic with many fans recreating it on their own.
Drive your modern sports car up the passage yourself for your own little *Italian Job * opening scene, just be sure to have a more "lively" ending. You might be interested in our post on “6 most comfortable luxury cars to do long journeys with”.
4. Los Angeles, USA
Image: Sunset Tower
Most of the 2003 Italian Job movie was shot in Los Angeles, and I don't just mean onset in Hollywood. Some locations throughout the City of Angels include Sunset Tower on Sunset Boulevard, in West Hollywood, where Mark Wahlberg's character and his crew planned their revenge.
Another location is the Hollywood Highland Metro Station, I'm sure you remember the chase scene here. You might also recognize the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the movie from the explosive scene. Also Lower Grand Street in downtown Los Angeles was where they film the helicopter scene hovering over Charlie's (Mark Wahlberg) Mini.
All these locations would make for a great visit, and if you feel like getting some shopping done while you are there head over to Rodeo Drive, one of the best places for luxury shopping in the world.
5. Turin, Italy
We thought that we would list another location from the 1969 film here for you. There were several scenes shot in Turin, Italy. Such as the dome roof sequence that was shot on top Mostre in the Italia 61 Exhibition Park, central Turin. As well as the racetrack that they drove the Mini's on is actually the top of the FIAT factory, also in the area.
So if you're a fan of the original '69 film, this location would be the right one for you to visit. Not forgetting of course, the Italian Alps in the opening sequence.
Turing is a beautiful place, its elegance echoes that of Vienna. The capital of the Piedmont region in northwest Italy boast sports cars and chocolates. Visit places like the Museo Egizio that has an impressive collection of Egyptian Artifacts, as well as Valentino Park that houses an 18th-century castle, botanic garden and medieval village.
Grab a bite to eat at Eataly Lingotto, a popular restaurant in the area. A reviewer commented on TripAdvisor that for those who are interested in food, a trip to the store is like a trip to Disneyland. The restaurant has stations for fish, meat, pasta, bread, coffee, among others, as well as an impressive beer selection and wine cellar downstairs that also has wine tastings.
Osteria Les Racines is another option that is highly rated on TripAdvisor. They serve traditional Italian dishes as well as Mediterranean dishes. The restaurant is pet friendly, and will comply to those with special needs such as gluten or lactose intolerance as well as requests vegetarian or vegan.
Image: Fiat Factory in Turin