I've watch Miyazaki's anime and i swear: a view (the one kiki is looking out, in front of the bakery) of the city in it made me think about visby, in sweden. i've been there in september 2002.
well, i was amazed to see that Miyazaki did go to Visby and it inspired him for some sceneries!!!
(Stockholm is also one model too and i could see that afterwards, i've been to that Gamla Stan too...)
FAQ // Kiki's Delivery Service // Nausicaa.net: "Q: Where is Kiki's town, Koriko?
According to Miyazaki, it's 'a mishmash of various locales, like Napoli, Lisbon, Stockholm, Paris, and even San Francisco. Therefore, one side is like the shores of the Mediterranean sea, but another side seems to border on the Baltic sea.' Miyazaki and his main staff visited Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland, and they also visited Stockholm. They shot 80 rolls of film in Stockholm and Visby, gathering location images as inspiration for the scenes in Koriko. For the most part, Koriko is composed of images of Stockholm. A side street in Stockholm's old city, Gamla Stan, is one model.
Sweden was the first foreign country Miyazaki ever visited. It was for the 'Pippi Longstockings' project, back in the 1970s. The trip didn't achieve its purpose (getting permission from the author of 'Pippi'), but Visby apparently left a strong impression on him, so he later used its images in 'Kiki'."
Photo de visby