I've been going over the episodes of I SPY that were filmed in Italy and Greece in preparation for an upcoming trip there, and I FINALLY identified the hotel where Kelly and Scotty stayed in "Vendetta." This is one of my favorite episodes because it appears it was 100 percent filmed on location. About the only other episode that reaches that same level is "Sofia."
As I was watching the opening scene where the episode name is flashed, I saw a sign for the hotel. It wasn't quite clear enough to make out all the letters, but I went to Google and typed in several variations. Viola! The hotel's name is the Grand Hotel Villa Fiorio and is situated in the Roman suburb of Grottaferrata.
Here's their website: http://www.villafiorio.it/
It appears that the place no longer functions as a hotel but is available for weddings, special events and private parties. However, the website may be obsolete. Another listing on the Internet said the place is "closed permanently."
I compared video and photos from the website and it appears the place has not changed very much in the 52 years since "The Boys" paid a visit. In the publicity photos from the website, the swimming pool area looks exactly the same. However, when I looked at the place from above on Google aerial photos, it looks like it has fallen into disrepair and, in particular, the pool area looks like it needs a lot of work. The water looks dirty and the surrounding deck appears to show deterioration. Google street view pics shows that graffiti has been painted on the wall that surrounds the complex. Like a lot of other places, the neighborhood may have lost some of its luster over the last five decades.
I'd like to track down the location where Kelly was confined and the "trial" took place. That will be pretty difficult.
We have a pretty packed itinerary, but I think I might have time to visit this hotel (hopefully it won't be all locked up) and the port ruins -- the location where Kelly was captured at gunpoint. "Fish milk." There are a lot of Google street view photos of the Capitolium (where Kelly was first confronted) and some of it has been cordoned off from exploration since 1966.
Our itinerary involves Vienna, Rome, Florence, Venice, Athens, Mykonos, Delos, Santorini and Rhodes. The "I SPY" tour!
I wonder how many people who were involved in the production of "I SPY" are still alive? They might be able to provide some answers as to where various episodes were filmed.
Sheldon Leonard provided first class lodging for his people when they traveled the world. Although the hotels may have developed some age over the years, I'm sure this was probably a five-star hotel in 1966. It may be in the negative numbers now!
Hi there Mr. Conway,
So glad you were able to join us here at TAPATALK.
Great hotel discovery!!
Your upcoming trip sounds really wonderful!! Have a fabulous time.
I don't know if you saw my Italian (I SPY) postings from last summer. But following your lead (your Hotel Atlantis in Lotus Eater), I hunted down some hotels featured in I SPY in both Venice and Florence - and - located LOTS of I SPY sites in both cities and in Rome.
If you didn't see them, just enter the cities in the Search box - and look for my postings from June to August 2017.
Here are the specific hotel postings to help you find them for Venice...
VENICE - I SPY THEN & NOW - Part 9 - Very Cool Discovery! August 21, 2017 - from Bridge of Spies
(The Hotel Marconi E Milano - now the Hotel Marconi right by the Rialto Bridge)
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and also check out
CONTINUING UP HERE ... VENICE - I SPY THEN & NOW - Part 8 - about the Hotel Daneli ....
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and for Florence...
LAST OF FLORENCE - THEN & NOW Part 4 ... July 9, 2017 for To Florence With Love
(The Florence Grand Hotel Villa Medici)
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Have fun hunting with your exploring ... it is so cool to turn a corner and discover an I SPY site!!
And it was so nice to find that 50 years had made very little difference in so many of the places we visited - these cities are ageless and truly retain their eternal beauty.
Take lots of photos!!
All my best,