Where was One Piece filmed? The real locations that inspired the series

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Based on the popular manga by Eiichiro Oda, the live-action adaptation of One Piece was primarily filmed at the studios in South Africa.

As a result, the Netflix series doesn't feature many filming locations, but on Atlas of Wonders, we discovered some of the real-world places in Italy that inspired the Straw Hat Pirates universe

The Going Merry

The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, played by Iñaki Godoy, and his infamous pirate crew as they explore the oceans in search of a legendary treasure called One Piece.

The original Japanese anime TV series has been running since 1999 for 20 seasons (or arks) and more than 1,000 episodes.

Here is our spoiler-free guide to the few filming locations of One Piece, including some of the places in Italy that served as inspiration for the show.

The One Piece Locations

One Piece Location
22 years before the main events of One Piece, the so-called King of the Pirates, Gold Roger, is about to be executed by the Marines in Loguetown.

As you can see in the picture, the harbor of the town is the seafront of a real location, the beautiful coastal town of Sorrento in Campania, Italy.

On the left is the Imperial Hotel Tramontano and on the right is Villa Astor overlooking the Bay of Naples.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
  Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Loguetown One Piece
The rest of Loguetown's main square is a CGI creation. But, where have you seen the World Government building before?

The facade is clearly inspired by the Florentine Gothic style, with examples such as the Florence Cathedral (lower picture) or the Basilica of Santa Croce.

The guys in the art department even included two mini Filippo Brunelleschi's domes on top of the palace.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Chris Northwood - Map

Shells Town
Shells Town, the headquarters of the 153rd Marine Branch, is essentially the picturesque seaside village Positano on the Amalfi Coast, also in Italy.

The Marines' fortress was CGI'd on top of this town known for its colorful cliffside buildings overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Where is One Piece filmed
Most of the series was filmed on the sound stages of the Cape Town Film Studios in South Africa.

Some scenes were filmed in the deep-water tank on the right, where the sets for The Going Merry, Miss Love Duck boat and The Baratie exterior were built.
Image courtesy of Google Maps

Baratie boat restaurant
Showrunner Matt Owens commented on the behind-the-scenes clip that they built several massive sets with a great level of detail to bring the world of One Piece to life.

The spectacular Baratie Dining Room and Arlong's Map Room were painstakingly recreated on a soundstage.

One Piece drehorte
The cast is led by Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Emily Rudd as Nami, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Jacob Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji.

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1 comment:

1- Anonymous - Mar 27, 2024, 3:06 AM
By the way, as a part of the One Piece community, we don't like to say seasons for different parts of the show but arks. Not seasons, arks, thank you.


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