Lucia's Roman villa

  • By Martijn Mulder
  • 24 Dec, 2015
Villa di Fiorano, just outside Rome, served as the filming location for Lucia Sciarra's villa in SPECTRE
Villa di Fiorano, just outside Rome
When James Bond visits Marco Sciarra's funeral in the latest Bond film SPECTRE, we can see him talking to Sciarra's widow, Lucia. After the funeral, Lucia returns to her home, puts on some music and pours herself a drink. She slowly walks outside to the pool area, waiting for the inevitable..

Her bodyguards follow her behind her back and aim to execute her. Two dry clicks can be heard and we see her executioners fall to the ground. Bond appears and walks up to her. After looking around, he remarks "What a lovely view.." 

What follows next is one of the best scenes in SPECTRE. Craig is wonderful here, as a 007 who is as confident as Connery was in the 60s. Pure excellence, and you get the beautiful Monica Bellucci as a bonus. Eventhough her screen presence is limited to exactly 6 minutes, Bellucci is a perfect match for Craig's 007 and the chemistry drips off the screen.
Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci is one of the best scenes from SPECTRE
Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci is one of the best scenes from SPECTRE
This amazing scene was filmed just outside Rome, at Via Appia Antica 400. The house is called Villa di Fiorano and can be rented for special occasions. Apparently, it's the ideal location to organize unique ceremonies, baptisms, communions, marriage parties, company meetings, art exhibitions, fashion shows, sets for movies, television or commercials, exclusive parties, elegant art shows, cultural evenings and concerts .
Villa di Fiorano during the filming of SPECTRE
Villa di Fiorano during the filming of SPECTRE
Villa di Fiorano is ahistoric residence, surrounded by 4 hectares of garden adjacent to the Appia Antica Archaeological Park. The villa was designed by the architect Buzzi and recently completely renovated. It has regained the charm and colors that Prince Boncompagni had chosen for this lovely residence where he spent most of his life. Eyecatcher outside is the large pool, which acts as a scenic setting to all those receptions that take place outside.The pool is connected to a fountain, and that is the view Craig is referring to after having assassinated Lucia's body guards.
Villa di Fiorano as seen form the south, and from the sky
Villa di Fiorano as seen form the south, and from the sky
The funny thing is, there actually IS a Villa Sciarra in Rome, which might even have served as the inspiration for the villain's name.  Villa Sciarra is located between the neighborhoods of Trastevere, Gianicolo and Monteverde Vecchio in a park bearing the same name.
For more information about renting the original villa from SPECTRE for your exclusive party, check out the (italian) website of the villa at  http://www.villadifiorano.it/  

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