Explore Italy like a secret agent

Explore Venice on the footsteps of 007 and SPECTRE. Follow James Bond throughout Italy.

November 2, 2015

The new film, Spectre

James Bond is known all over the world. After all, his signature cocktail of the martini “shaken, not stirred” is still uttered by Bond lovers when ordering a drink. Venice has always played a very large role in the Bond franchise.

The new Spectre film comes out on November 5 and it’s time to take a look at all of the gorgeous Venetian scenes that have appeared in past films.

There’s the famous speedboat chase in Moonraker that took place throughout the canals of Venice, both during the day and at night. There’s even a scene where Bond himself sports a gondolier’s hat as a way of blending in.

A few scenes take place at the Hotel Danieli, in Venice, Italy as well, which is one of the most popular hotels in the city.

Bond discovers the North of Italy

007 has made his way to Venice throughout many movies, including From Russia with Love and Casino Royale. There was the big kiss with one of the Bond girls on a gondola ride in From Russia with Love and the ride down the canal is even featured in the movie’s trailer. In Casino Royale, Daniel Craig plays 007 and steers a boat throughout his time there – and shows all the peaceful serenity that comes from the city.

In addition to Venice, there are scenes in Lake Como and of course he brings along the Bond girl, Vesper, to keep him busy. Why? These cities are gorgeous, romantic, and have so much to offer.

It’s time to explore Italy the way you want to explore it. Secret agent or not, you may want to stay at one of the hotels that are within Venice to see all of the sites that have lured James Bond back year after year, movie after movie. You may have your very own adventure within the city, minus the boat chases through the canals or maybe…

 

The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

Occupying a prestigious setting on the Grand Canal, The Gritti Palace was built in 1475 as residence of Doge Andrea Gritti. A leisurely short stroll from Piazza San Marco, the imposing palazzo awards rare views of Santa Maria della Salute.

Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

With sweeping views of the sparkling Venice lagoon, the Hotel Danieli enjoys a particularly majestic location—just steps from the legendary Palazzo Ducale, dramatic St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, and the famed Bridge of Sighs.

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

Escape the ordinary and retreat to the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa. Our 5-star luxury hotel boasts a breathtaking location on Isola delle Rose, a private island located in Venice, Italy and near top attractions like St. Mark’s Square. A dramatic 360-degrees view over the Lagoon, all around you. Breathe… and start living a unique experience.

Milan: The New Centre of Urban Luxury and Eco-sustainable Living

One of the most notable rebirths of Milan is the rapid shift towards sustainability and energy efficiency. Milan is already influencing other Italian cities, and to a great extent, other regions of the European Union.

The perfect romance getaway on Lake Como

We spent three days with Marco and Erika, a globe-trotting German-Ecuadorian couple in search of the perfect romantic getaway. Spoiler alert: we found it!

The art of the Aperitivo in Florence

Whether you’re in Milan, Venice, Florence, or Rome, you can find many spots offering different kinds of aperitif: SE·STO on Arno Restaurant is definitely one of the most iconic.