Bond book: Never Send Flowers (1993)
Place and location in the book: The Duomo, Milan, Italy
Actual place and location: The Duomo, (Duomo di Milano), Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy
What happens here in the book: Bond and Fredericka von Grüsse are searching villain David Dragonpol
Visited by 007 Travelers: 2015
“They reached the Duomo at twelve minutes past four, when the light had begun to take on a wonderful filtered reddish glow. It was, they heard a passing guide remark, the best time to visit the Cathedral.
The Duomo, Milan’s great cathedral, is one of the wonders of Europe. It dominates the city, colossal in size, yet somehow almost ethereal, with its statues, belfries, pinnacles and gables; a monster cake built in white marble to the glory of God, standing at the far end of an imposing esplanade.
Fredericka went up by the elevator, while Bond took the stairs. Both were conscious that Dragonpol, with ease, could be waiting for them, or even lurking on that hard spiral climb.
When Bond reached the top, he saw Fredericka viewing the exit points from the far side of the roof.
Above them towered the famous Tiburio, the central tower, dominated by the statue of the Blessed Virgin.
It was almost four-twenty-five and, following a quick conference, they spread out to right and left so that they both had clear views of the stairs and elevator cage: relatively safe in the knowledge that even Dragonpol could not look in two directions at once.”
John Gardner: “Never Send Flowers” (1993)