The film continues immediately after the events of Casino Royale with Bond driving from Malcesine on the shore of Lake Garda to Siena, Italy. Lake Garda is Italy's largest and most visited lake. It is in northern Italy, half-way between Venice and Milan. Picturesque villages, medieval castles, and lakeside promenades dot the shoreline. Siena is one of Italy's best preserved medieval towns, located in the heart of Tuscany. Siena, built on three hills and surrounded by well preserved walls, is filled with fine examples of Gothic architecture and has one of the world's most unique Piazza del Campo. The world-famous Palio is an important part of Sienese identity, history and culture.
Photographer: wikimedia/Paolo Rossi
Photographer: wikimedia/Ricardo André Frantz
Bond watches a performance of Tosca in and around the stunning open air floating opera stage in Bregenz, Austria. Every summer, a floating edifice is constructed to host a variety of operas for one of the world’s finest opera festivals, Bregenz Opera Festival. Past engagements included Tosca, The Flying Dutchman and West Side Story. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Lake Constance, it is a wonderfully informal festival suitable for both serious opera lovers and casual fans alike.
Bond travels to The Talamonaccio Tower , a medieval/Renaissance tower in the Gulf of Talamone, to persuade his old ally René Mathis to go with him to Bolivia. Talamonaccio Tower is situated in its own little estate on a peninsula, overlooking the Mediterranean. It was originally built by the Spanish to defend the coast of Tuscany against Saracen invaders. Now the castle has undergone significant restoration to become a private villa for a romantic seaside holiday. It is only 20 minutes' drive from its neighboring walled town of Talamone.
Photographer: wikimedia/Alessio Damato
The desert scene was shot at Atacama Desert of Chile. It runs over 600 miles between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains is the most driest desert in the world, virtually rainless. Chile annexed most of the desert and coastal cities after the War of Pacific with the joint forces of Bolivia and Peru in late 19th century.
The unique hotel in the desert, "Perla de Las Dunas", is actually the Paranal Residencia, the accommodation for staff operating the Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory.
Cerro Paranal is a 2600 m high mountain in the Atacama Desert. The high altitude site and extreme dryness make excellent conditions for astronomical observations because there is less air and less moisture in the air to refract incoming light from faraway cosmic objects. To make it possible for people to live and work here, a hotel, or Residencia, was built at the base camp. The award-winning design by architects Auer & Weber, which includes an enclosed tropical garden and pool under a futuristic domed roof, gives the Residencia interior a feeling of open space within the protecting walls.