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Sex, Nazis and da Vinci: The hidden history of Italian rice
It was the movie that added sex appeal to the gritty neorealist film period and made a star out of actress Silvana Mangano.

Inside Russia's deep frozen ghost towns
Photographer Maria Passer tells CNN Travel about her recent travels to the ghost towns that surround the Arctic coal mining center of Vorkuta, Russia.

The woman bringing a Caribbean twist to French Champagne
A region in the north of France roughly twice the size of San Francisco is the birthplace of a revered sparkling wine synonymous with wealth, luxury and exclusivity.

World's first space hotel scheduled to open in 2027
Voyager Station is a cruise ship-style hotel built from modules connected into a ring that will rotate to create artificial gravity in orbit.

The flight attendant who fell in love on an airplane
In September 1970 Jocelyne Nowaski was working as chief flight attendant on a Pan American World Airways flight from Paris to New York when her life changed forever.

Italy has a new way to combat overtourism
The Uffizi, one of the world's most famous art galleries, is launching regional outposts in an effort to protect itself from being overwhelmed by visitors when travel returns to normal.

This is when you can go on vacation again
Vaccination roll-outs are underway around the world, but when it comes to the recovery of leisure travel, how long will it be before travel gets back to normal?

The 20 best soups around the world
If a bowl of soup strikes you as the ultimate in comfort, you've got plenty of company. So here are 20 of the world's best soups -- from Mexico to Japan -- to fill stomach and soul.

Why not everyone is happy with Italy's €1 homes bonanza
Dozens of Italian towns selling abandoned dwellings for little more than a dollar have created a bonanza among enthusiastic buyers. But what happens when someone doesn't want their family home being sold?

'Firefall' 2021 lights up in orange glory -- and Yosemite has extended the viewing
For all the world, it looks like dangerous hot lava streaming down the side of a cliff. But no, that's not volcanic activity in Yosemite National Park in California.

South Africans get their tongues round Gqeberha, the new name for Port Elizabeth
South Africa's city of Port Elizabeth has been officially renamed to Gqeberha -- derived from the Xhosa language -- the native tongue of late political hero Nelson Mandela.

Cheese rolls: How a humble snack became a signature New Zealand food
A cheese roll may seem simple: it's basically a slice of bread with cheese-based filling, rolled up and toasted until slightly crispy.

What it's like to live on Italy's Covid-free islands
There are very few places across the globe that have managed to escape the Covid-19 pandemic; even Antarctica has reported cases.

Airplane seat revolution creates one of biggest beds in the sky
One of the largest beds in the sky is set to debut in just a few months time when JetBlue starts flying its A321neos from Boston and New York to London.

See spectacular newly restored Pompeii frescoes
One of Pompeii's oldest frescoes, the House of the Ceii, has been restored to its former glory with the help of laser technology.

Mystery of 60-year-old photos is solved
After a collection of mysterious photographs of Alaska were published on CNN, the people featured in them have step forward to identify themselves and revealed their delight at reconnecting with a past that they thought had been lost for good.

Risky business? Balancing Mexico's pandemic response with tourism
Along the beaches of Mexico, typically teeming with vacationers, there is a struggle between two powerful forces that won't be going anywhere anytime soon: The very real concern for health and safety during the pandemic and an equally valid concern for economic survival.

This man has climbed every mountain in Hong Kong
Surrounded by photos, maps and other documents, 45-year-old photographer Simon Wan Chi-Chung is planning his next great Hong Kong adventure.

World's rarest marine dolphin finds protection in this flying friend
There are only about 63 adult Maui dolphins left on earth. This new technology aims to help protect them from some of their biggest threats.

Japan's Naked Festival wasn't the same this year
This time a year ago, thousands gathered for Japan's annual Hadaka Matsuri -- also popularly known as the "Naked Festival"-- in Okayama prefecture in the southern part of Honshu island.

South Korea hotel apologizes after honeymooners discover people can see into mirrored sauna
An upscale hotel in South Korea has issued an apology for a mistake that may have enabled outsiders to see into their sauna.

Eco-friendly cruise ships to be powered by sails
French shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique is planning to construct cruise ships topped by striking 80 meter "eco-friendly" paneled sails, made of fiberglass and carbon.

Dolphin 'stampede' caught on camera
A dolphin tour off the coast of Newport Beach, California, got a special treat when they encountered a "stampede" of dolphins.

30 classic Italian dishes that everyone should try
Think of Italy and you're likely to think of food first, and all the other beautiful things it offers second.

How the Maldives became the biggest 2020 international tourism success story
In most destinations, being a million tourists short over the previous year would be a huge cause for concern, the result of a horrible natural disaster. But that was before 2020, and before the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we travel forever.

Countries welcoming vaccinated travelers
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the travel industry, countless destinations around the world are rolling out vaccines to their most vulnerable citizens.

This is Mardi Gras during a pandemic
No parades, limited gatherings and shuttered bars. A normally raucous Bourbon Street almost devoid of people. No sign of crowds who traveled far and wide from other places. And absolutely frigid weather on top of it all.

How Italy changed Stanley Tucci
A year in Florence as a boy changed the actor's life and put him on the path he's still on today. Now, he's returned to the country of his origins to explore how the history of Italy is entwined with its food - and why what Americans think of as Italian food is far from the reality.

Airbus CEO: Could ramp up production by second half of 2021
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury discusses how UK production levels remain competitive and how he expects air travel to go back to pre-pandemic levels by 2024 with CNN's Richard Quest.

Why this will be the hottest airplane seat in 2021
Premium economy. The two words might seem a weird combination in airline terms, since it's a rare airline where economy seats feel premium these days. But these seats between coach and business class on international flights were heating up even before Covid-19, and as we all start to travel again in 2021, they're set to be a must-fly for many passengers.