Looking to the east into Rio di Santa Catarina you see the canal out of which the gondola with the lovers comes in Moonraker
. To the wall of the house on the left-hand side the fake traffic-lights were fixed. (In reality there are no traffic-lights in any of the canals of Venice.) After the motor boat of Bond’s pursuers had cut the gondola into two pieces, the half with the lovebirds floats into the direction of the bridge upon which you are standing. The major part of the gondola-chase was filmed in another quarter of Venice.
On the way back there is a good opportunity to visit some other locations from Casino Royale. When you're back at the vaporetto-station Ca’ d’ Oro and look to the other side of the Canal Grande you will see the Pesceria, or fish market. This is the building right next to the open air market which is held every day except Sundays. Here at the market and Pesceria, Vesper spotted Gettler when she and Bond sailed into Venice.
Leaving Piazetta di San Marco to the east you enter the elegant promenade Riva degli Schiavoni. From the first bridge you have a very good view of Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) that connects the Doge’s Palace with the Dungeon of Venice. Some footage of this area is used as a background for the final scene in From Russia With Love. The ‘second greatest’ lover of all times (after Bond) Giacomo Casanova (1725 - 1798) crossed the Bridge of Sighs many times, when he was imprisoned in Venice.
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