Italy is not messing around when it comes to being beautiful. And with a historically healthy film industry, you can catch a glimpse of the romance before ever traveling there. There’s a film (or five) for every city in Italy, and though we can’t list them all, here are the five films that will make you long for grapevine and aqueducts.
Audrey Hepburn tools around Rome on a Vespa. Did we mention she’s a princess? One of the greatest films in history showcases one of Italy’s finest cities.
The Great Beauty
A recent entry into Italy’s proud film tradition, The Great Beauty won an Oscar in 2013 for Best Foreign Film. It tells the almost quixotic story of Jeb’s quest for beauty in Rome.
A Room with a View
Why go to Florence if your room doesn’t come with a view? That’s the question Lucy Honeychurch has to deal with (among others like who to marry, but really, we’re more concerned about the view). Florence plays a starring role along with a young Helena Bonham-Carter.
The Red Violin
The Red Violin traces the history of a perfect violin from the town of Cremona over three centuries. The film features flashbacks to different eras of Italy. Bonus: Samuel L. Jackson.
When Malena moves to town on the day Italy enters the war in 1940, she causes a stir among the locals (as Monica Belluci is wont to do). Featuring 1940s Sicily — which is pretty much the same as it is today.
Also check out Bread and Tulips, Under the Tuscan Sun, Life is Beautiful, La Strada, The Bicycle Thief, The English Patient, My House in Umbria, The Talented Mr. Ripley … phew. There are just too many.
When a break from reality is in order, sometimes it’s best to not only escape your surroundings but also to escape your social network, including coworkers, friends, family members and even significant others. In the highly underrated world of solo travel, here are a few domestic destinations to consider for a brief solo sojourn for some ever-elusive moments of solitude.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Part of the allure of podcasts, aside from being able to listen during practically any activity, comes from the wide breadth of topics they cover. A well-informed host can teach you about any topic you can imagine. In the world of history podcasts, there are many in-depth, factual and entertaining casts to spend time with.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.