For Guarino Guarini’s 390th Birthday
What better way to celebrate Guarini’s birthday on 17 January than with a raucous visit to Palazzo Carignano? Complete with movie stars and the police trying to break down the door! Just watch this clip from The Italian Job (1969), starring Michael Caine and directed by Peter Collinson. The interior for this scene of the gold robbery was filmed in the atrium of Palazzo Carignano, but the exterior used is actually the Palazzo di Città (Turin’s city hall) and its piazza, located several blocks away. If you look carefully beyond the atrium arcade, you get nice views of the palace courtyard in some shots.
With apologies for the commercial interruptions in the film clip.
Map: Turin, historic center, with the following placemarks: Francesco Lanfranchi, Palazzo di Città (now Palazzo Civico), 1659-63 (upper left); Guarino Guarini, Palazzo Carignano, 1679-93 (lower right)