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.
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.
There are tons of places to hike around the world — possibly even dozen of options just miles from where you currently sit. But some hiking destinations are better than others. Here are a few that will be entirely unforgettable — along with some of the best ways to see them.
Few things in life are as unappealing as smelly shoes. There’s something about the distinctive odor of stanky feet that’s almost vomit-inducing. When you’re traveling, the stench can really sneak up you. Here are some tips for keeping your shoes fresh and ready to stroll.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.