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Travel Movie Tuesday: Escapism and an Expat Life in 'Under the Tuscan Sun'

Where: Italy
December 9, 2014 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Expat life is quite a decision; you pack up your life and heading to a destination that's not only a new city, a new country, but possibly also a new culture and new outlook. Major life changes like new jobs, marriages (and divorces), or just the desire to immerse oneself in a new part of the world are usually the driving forces behind such a change, and a mild combination of all of them form the basis for "Under the Tuscan Sun."

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Venice is Tired of Noisy Rolling Luggage, May Fine Tourists Up to $620

Where: Venice, Italy
November 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember how we said that luggage is the worst? Yeah, well the whole of Venice, Italy agrees and may even be successful with a new proposal to outlaw rolling baggage.

As there are only two ways to get around Venice (by foot or by boat), tourists who haven't lined their pockets with enough cash for a private water taxi transfer typically have to hoof it along canals, down alleys, and over bridges to reach their accommodation, lugging their baggage the whole way.

2013 was a record year for Venice tourism; La Serenissima welcomed nearly 60,000 daily visitors on average. The Venice Times actually figured out that each Venetian who lives in the historic center (excluding the islands) is "'in charge' of about 354 tourists per day." Compare that to Florence's 22 tourists per resident, and it's obvious Venice is a little crowded. Each visitor naturally arrives with some belongings, and that's exactly the problem.

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Summertime' in Venice with Katharine Hepburn

Where: Italy
October 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Planning for the trip of a lifetime can be just as exciting as getting on the plane to step foot in your dream city. 'Summertime" follows the story of Jane Hudson (played by Katharine Hepburn) as she squirrels away her wages from her elementary school secretary job to escape Akron, OH during summer break and head to Venice. A young and beautiful American woman traveling alone in La Serenissima, what could go wrong?

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Took Long Enough, But Italian Designers Now Making Furniture for Italian Airports

Where: Italy
July 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

A little bit of modern design is heading into airports across Italy in the form of new gate furniture. We’re used to the standard look and feel of the seats that fill the concourse and terminal, but now one firm is taking things to the next level with a simple—yet snazzy—"less is more" approach.

Poltrona Frau, whom you may remember as also having done the plush leather seats in Singapore Airlines Suites Class as well as Ferrari sports cars, are branching into airports. The seat has been dubbed "Flair" and it was launched in Milan last year. The first to score the swank seats is Bologna Airport, thanks to a little help from the architecture firm over at Progetto CMR.

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Three Destinations Ideal for a George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Wedding

Where: Laglio, Italy
April 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that George Clooney's mom has confirmed that the world's most notorious bachelor is indeed settling down with Amal Alamuddin, it's time to start wedding planning.

Based on Clooney's own travels and favorite locations, we've narrowed it down to 3 potential locations for the couple's nuptials:

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Eataly Dares to Dream of Building a Foodie Theme Park in Italy

Where: Bologna, Italy
March 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your next trip to Italy might just include a little more theme park and a lot less museum, as what they’re calling the Disneyland of food might be arriving in Bologna. The folks behind the foodie supermarket wonderland known as Eataly are getting ready with their next big idea, and it sounds like Fico Eataly World will be arriving sooner than later.

Details are somewhat limited at this stage in the process, but we do know that the park will take over around 20-acres of real estate. Restaurants, grocery stores, and something they’re calling food labs will all be part of the place. They’re even going to bring in some fish—to eat?!—as there are also plans for an aquarium.

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Beyond the Movie 'Pompeii' and Into the Real Thing

Where: Italy
February 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

This year you can get a taste of ancient Rome on the big screen and in person.

Pompeii, starring Kit Harington as a slave-turned-gladiator trying to save his true love as the Roman city crumbles around him, open in theaters today. Or, if you'd rather get up and close and personal with the ruins of Pompeii, there are several Italian tour companies offering day trips to the city and the area around the volcano that buried it.

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Pack Your Galoshes, as 'Acqua Alta' Has Arrived to Flood Venice

Where: Venice, Italy
February 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

So you’ve been to Venice during the warmer weather—and it was great—but to see the city in a different way you might want to check things out during the late winter. After all, that’s when the Acqua Alta rolls into town, and makes a pair of waterproof boots essential for getting from point A to point B.

More often than not the Adriatic Sea gets cranky during the winter, and the tides strengthen. That’s especially the case for the waters in the Venetian Lagoon, and that means the lagoon becomes one with the lowest parts of the city—even more so than usual.

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The 5 Italy Etiquette Rules Every Traveler Should Know

Where: Italy
January 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.

Italy has been a major destination for travelers since...well, forever. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was the building block of The Grand Tour, designed to "enlighten" and inspire foreigners. In the 20th and now, the 21st century, modern air travel has made a quick hop to Italy totally doable.

Despite centuries upon centuries and billions upon billions of tourists, some finer bits of Italian etiquette still escape visitors. Here, we'll share a few details we've been enlightened to, over our own many trips to La Bella Italia:

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Travel Contest Alert: Last Chance to Win American Airlines Tickets to Milan

Where: Italy
December 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Milan is quite the hotspot lately, but then when hasn't that been the case?

Joining the aircraft on Malpensa Airport's tarmac is another American Airlines plane, as AA has just begun a new nonstop route from Miami to Milan. To properly celebrate the launch for these two capitals of style, American is asking travelers to tweet a quick video showing off a short runway walk.

Granted, you won't have the same backdrop as the video above, but it doesn't matter how well you sashay so long as you enter the contest. One winner will be chosen by random drawing to claim two roundtrip tickets from any US city served by American Airlines, to Milan.

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Like It or Not, Venice Could Get a Theme Park in 2015

Where: Venice, Italy
November 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Venice is known for its architecture, its gondolas, and of course its water, but if one group gets their way the city will soon be known for its theme park. Apparently, one developer is eager to build something else where tourists can head after they’re done filling their carry-ons with Murano glass and Venetian carnival masks.

The group behind the idea is Zamperia, and they’ve released their plans to shell out around €80 million to set up an amusement park on the artificial island of Sacca San Biagio, including plans for a 160-foot Ferris wheel as well as a roller coaster. The island is currently made up of landfill waste, so on the bright side they really can’t make things worse.

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LeBron James and Savannah Brinson Tweeted Away Their Roman Holiday

Where: Rome, Italy
September 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

After a super swanky 3-day wedding in San Diego last weekend, LeBron James and Savannah Brinson have surfaced in Rome, Italy.

It appears the high school sweethearts are spending their honeymoon visiting the city's ancient ruins and are loving every minute of it.

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