March 14, 2014 |
MONTALCINO, Italy - " Scusi ," I said to a well-dressed man in this medieval Tuscan village, where even the gas station was somehow part of the farming landscape. "Can you tell me how to get to Castiglion del Bosco?" "Hmm, yes," he said in English, taking my map, then, " Un momento . " He dialed his cellphone, and I realized he was asking someone for the best route. Not the first or last time we found the Italians to be incredibly helpful. "I can tell you how to get there, but my wine is much better," he said, laughing.
March 14, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO THE VAL D'ORCIA, ITALY From LAX , Alitalia, Lufthansa, Air France, British, US Airways, United, Swiss, Delta and KLM offer connecting service (change of planes) to Rome. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $767, including all taxes and fees. Lufthansa, Air France, Swiss, KLM, Delta, United and US Airways offer connecting service to Florence. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $822, including all taxes and fees. Both cities are about a two-hour drive to the Val d'Orcia.
March 11, 2014 |
Kevin Sacco isn't a celebrity, but on Instagram he is famous for flaunting his wealth, like the time he took a picture of himself bathing in an outdoor Jacuzzi in his penthouse suite overlooking the French Riviera. Or when the 20-year-old son of a real estate mogul in Italy spent 10,000 euros, or nearly $14,000, with friends at La Maison Blanche in Paris for his most recent birthday. "I'm showing off my parties, my bottles, my clubs, my travels, and people love this," said Sacco, who is known as @PrinceOfItaly on Instagram.
March 2, 2014 |
Italy's “The Great Beauty” won the Oscar for foreign Language film Sunday night. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, “The Great Beauty” follows a writer, Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), who finds himself at an emotional crossroads as he looks back over what became of his once-promising life and career after his 65th birthday. The Oscar is the 11th to go to a film from Italy, the last being the 1998 movie “Life Is Beautiful.” Three additional special Oscars went to films from Italy before the establishment of foreign language film as a regular category in 1956.
February 23, 2014
ITALY Presentation Adrian Kalvinskas of Distant Lands will show you how to see Italy at its best, including finding less crowded corners of the country. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. INDIA Workshop Hostelling International will conduct a workshop on how to travel to India safely and inexpensively. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.
February 13, 2014 |
ROME -- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Thursday announced his resignation after surrendering to a leadership challenge from a party colleague who is widely expected to become Italy's youngest-ever prime minister. The challenger, Matteo Renzi, 39, was overwhelmingly backed by the center-left Democratic Party after he demanded that a new government lead Italy out of a “quagmire.” For 10 months, Letta has led a shaky coalition government that has struggled largely without success to push through key reforms.