All 8 James Bond locations in Italy – From Italy with love

We got a lot of James Bond locations in Italy. The country is definitively a favorite of 007. Venice is Bond’s preferred choice, but he also likes Rome, the northern lakes and Matera.

The love for Italy is notably something of the recent past. After all, in the first decennia of the series, James Bond has only been in Italy in 1963, 1977, 1979 and 1981. But with Daniel Craig, the country has come back into focus. Craig’s Bond explored Italy in film number 21, 22, 24, and also the upcoming James Bond film (25) is located in Italy.

Travel with us and 007 to discover all the James Bond locations in Italy. 

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James Bond knows Italy like no other. He has traveled the country from north to south, though often in a hurry.

Bond has traveled to Cortina d’Ampezzo in “For Your Eyes Only”, Lake Como in “Casino Royale”, Lake Garda in “Quantum of Solace”, Venice in “From Russia with Love”, “Moonraker”, and “Casino Royale”. Sardinia greeted 007 in “The Spy Who Loved Me”. Bond went to Tuscany in “Quantum of Solace”. The film “Spectre” was filmed on location in the capital, Rome. Matera was the set for the not-yet-released-film, “No Time to Die”.

1. Cortina d’Ampezzo

For your eyes only 

  • James Bond location: Cortina d’Ampezzo (Dolomites)
  • Actor: Roger Moore
  • Year: 1981
  • Why to watch: Bond skiing down a bobsled run and doing a pirouette while ski jumping
  • Platform: Amazon Prime

In 1981 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Roger Moore plays Bond and shows off the ski areas of Cortina, including a bobsleigh run. That’s what was left of the Winter Olympics of 1956. Cortina was always a little run down. But that has completely changed now that Cortina will be the location of the Winter Olympics in 2026.

Bond stayed in a grand hotel that is over one hundred years old. 007 Connoisseurs know that Bond checks in in room number 300, but the balcony seen in the film belongs to room 108. Just so you know…

Bond is aiming for double gold: bobsleigh and downhill skiing

2. Lake Como

Casino Royale

  • James Bond locationTremezzina and San Siro (western side of Lake Como)
  • Actor: Daniel Craig
  • Year: 2006
  • Why to watch: Dreaming away at Europe’s most beautiful villas
  • Platform: Amazon, Google Play

The film production crew filmed at two villas in Lake Como for “Casino Royale”. In Villa del Balbianello, Bond recuperates after his torture by La Chiffre. The villa is near Tremezzina, which is on the western shore of Lake Como. It’s in a pictoresque wooded area. This villa has also been featured also in Star Wars.

RELATED: Tremezzina, the village where this villa is located, was also used as a location in a 2021 film with Lady Gaga. Read more about ‘House of Gucci’ locations in this article.

Daniel ‘Bond’ Craig also filmed at Villa La Gaeta, near San Siro and Menaggio. It is surrounded by a pretty park. In the last scene of Casino Royale, Bond kills Mr. White and articulates the best onliner of all time: “Bond… James Bond”.

Villa Balbianello at Lake Como where Bond recuperates after his torture by La Chiffre

3. Lake Garda

Quantum of Solace

  • James Bond locationFrom Malcesine to Riva del Garda (north-east of Lake Garda)
  • Actor: Daniel Craig
  • Year: 2008
  • Why to watch: spectaculair car chase along Lake Garda
  • Platform: Amazon, Google Play

The chaotic road chase where Bond delivers Mr. White to a secret MI6 location alongside Lake Garda in Northern Italy. This car chase is at the very start of the film; it’s spectacular but rather short. The chase begins in the village of Malcesine, then continues to Navene and Tempesta and ends 2.24 minutes later near Riva del Garda. The cars then suddenly end up in the Carrara marmble caves. The caves are 240 kilometers south. James Bond apparently has super powers (see ‘Tuscany’ in this list),

First 2:24 minutes are the best

4. Venice

From Russia with Love Moonraker Casino Royale

  • James Bond locationBridge of Sighs, St. Marco Square (Venice)
  • Actor: Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Daniel Craig
  • Year: From Russia with Love (1963), Moonraker (1979), Casino Royale (2006)
  • Why to watch: Shooting (with weapons) in the Venetian canals
  • Platform: Amazon

Venice is a popular location for 007. He has been there three times without getting much older by the way.

The first time was in 1963.

In “From Russia with Love”, there are some scenes filmed in Venice, although the majority of that film was filmed in Istanbul, Turkey. James Bond and Tatiana Romanova were filmed kissing under the Bridge of Sighs when the film ends. Compared to today’s technology, the special effects are at an amateurish level. It is completely clear that the kissing duo is in the studio (Pinewood) and not in Italy. 

Kissing in a studio gondola

The second time was in 1979.

Sixteen years later, Bond is now Roger Moore. In ‘Moonraker’ Bond travels by gondola and passes a funeral boat full of dangerous men, kills a gondolier, and just barely escapes. In Piazza San Marco, Bond’s gondola becomes an amfibi vehicle, which is honestly quite ridiculous to see. 

Bond also visits a glass store near Piazza San Marco, and the Hotel Danieli in Venice. The hotel is lavish and beautifully decorated, as you can see in the film. He checked in to rooms 31 and 32. Bond also appears in Ca’ Rezzonico at the Fondamenta Rezzonico 3136, across the Canal Grande from San Marco. The grand palazzo is now the Museum of 18th Century Venice.

Bond also briefly stays in “South America” for a Brazilian training camp, but these scenes were actually filmed in San Nicolo al Lido, near Venice.

Bond’s Gondola Circus

In 2006 Bond came back for the third time.

In “Casino Royale”, Bond sails by the Canal Grande. Yachts in the grand canal are no daily sight, so one might wonder why Bond exposes himself to the public in this way. No wonder he and Vesper get in trouble. The luxury hotel where they stay is actually Prague’s Natural History Museum. After Vesper gets into trouble, Bond follows her frantically, first in the Piazza San Marco and then some streets further down. He passes a small alley, the Sottoportico Le Colonne. 

The palazzo that seems to crash into the water is on Venice’s Canal Grande across from Rialto’s vegetable market. It was of course reconstructed in the Pinewood studio. 

Romantic sailing to Venice (before Vesper will be left behind in the collapsed building)

5. Sardinia

The Spy Who Loved Me

  • James Bond location: Costa Smeralda (Northern Sardinia)
  • Actor: Roger Moore
  • Year: 1977
  • Why to watch: 007’s car emerges from the sea and Bond tosses onlookers a small fish
  • Platform: Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV

Bond and his leading lady stay at the luxurous Hotel Cala di Volpe which is on cliffs on the north coast of Sardinia. On Costa Smeralda, Cala di Volpe is one of the most famous sites. The hotel is an oasis along the coastline. You can ask to look at the “Bond suite” where Bond filmed at the hotel (it’s actually the bar).

There is also a car chase at Vista Point, and in the piazza of San Pantaleone. Bond eventually drives his Lotus Esprit car into the sea, and the car turns into a submarine. 007 ends up on the beach at Romazzina, east of Cala di Volpe.

Luctor et Emergo: Bond always emerges (from the water)

6. Tuscany 

Quantum of Solace

  • James Bond locationCarrara, Siena, Talamone (Tuscany)
  • Actor: Daniel Craig
  • Year: 2008
  • Why to watch: Original chase across the rooftops of historic Siena
  • Platform: Amazon

In “Quantum of Solace”, Bond travels from Lake Garda to Tuscany. Given the sequence of scenes it looks more like flying than driving. In Carrara, he ‘visits’ the marble quarries, the same ones Michelangelo once visited to hatch his Pietà.

In Siena, Bond goes to Piazzetta della Paglietta on the Via di Salicotto, southeast of the Piazza del Campo, the central square. Siena is a World Heritage Site and the Piazza Del Campo hosts the Palio di Siena two times a year. The crazy bareback horse race is a lively background for the film. Anyone can go if you find a place to stay and it is held on July 2nd and August 16th. The chase across the city (there is always a chase in the Bond film) was held on the real rooftops of Siena,

The beautiful coast of southern Tuscany, Maremma, also hosted the elusive Bond. Craig filmed in Talamone to visit his friend, Mathis. Read more on Bond’s Tour in Talamone.

Surely roofs were meant for something else

7. Rome

Spectre

  • James Bond locationColiseum, Vatican, Monti, Gianicolo Hill (Rome)
  • Actor: Daniel Craig
  • Year: 2015
  • Why to watch: Nocturnal Rome is all its beau
  • Platform: Amazon, Google Play

Rome is the star in the “Spectre” film. The city host Daniel Craig for about six minutes as he flees from his great opponent. Bond blasts through the Italian capital from left to right. He passes the Vatican, the tiny streets of the Monti district and the Prati district and he races over the Gianicolo Hill. Before he is haunted, Bond took a drive (during the day) to meet Monica Bellucci. We then see him go past the Coloseum at a snail’s pace.

In any case, Bonds’ stay at Rome ends in the Tiber River

RELATED: Read also our articles on Rome, like the one about the 14 hills of Rome, including James Bond’s Gianicolo Hill.

6+ minutes of Bond chasing in Rome

8. Matera

No Time to Die

  • James Bond locationMatera and Gravina in Puglia
  • Actor: Daniel Craig
  • Year: 2021 (probably)
  • Why to watch: Bond’s bungee jumping act on the stone bridge of Matera
  • Platform: Not yet

Matera’s rugged and dreamy cliffs and landscape are going to be in the next James Bond film.

Matera may not be very well known to the general public, but the town is a real gem, and Bond has noticed that too. Not that James can enjoy it, because as so often it’s more like running for your life than visiting a town.

The shots were made in Matera and Gravina in Puglia (25 kilometers from each other), which is similar to Matera in terms of houses and location. For this film, scenes were also shot in Sapri (200 kilometers west). The town is situated on the coast below Naples.

Actually, that would be the ninth of James Bond locations in Italy, but we’ll stick with these eight, the Sapri scenes are too trivial.

The film was shot in the fall of 2019. Due to the corona epidemic, the release of the film has been continually delayed. It is now scheduled to be released in late September 2021 (United Kingdom) and early October 2021 (USA).

Behind-the-scenes footage of the spectacular car chase in historic Matera

Thanks to Sarah Lackey

James Bond locations in Italy

Some questions and answers regarding James Bond locations in Italy.

Where does the new James Bond take place?

The latest Bond film, ‘No Time to Die’, is set in London, Jamaica (Port Antonio), Norway (Nittedal) and Italy (Matera, Gravina in Puglia and Sapri).

What James Bond movie was filmed in Italy?

8 of the 25 James Bond films are (also) set in Italy: From Russia with Love (1963), Moonraker (1977), The Spy Who Loved Me (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2021).

Which James Bond film is set in Venice?

Bond came to Venice three times: From Russia with Love (1963), Moonraker (1979) and Casino Royale (2006). Bond was personified by a different actor each time, respectively Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Daniel Craig.

Where in Italy did they film No Time to Die?

The latest Bond film (2021) is shot in Matera and Gravina in Puglia in southern Italy. Some scenes were also made in Sapri, on the coast below Naples.

Ewout is based in Rome as Italy correspondent and writer (8 books). The Dutchman is an expert journalist on Italy and its political, cultural and everyday life culture. He particularly has a special interest in the Vatican and Italian films (not necessarily related to each other). In his spare time he writes for ItalyStart to immerse readers in the world's craziest, complex but most beautiful country.

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