Venice's canals aren't the only ones with gondolas. In Southern California, American gondolier Michael O'Toole is steering his fleet through the recession.
The star croons for the audience and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis
At the Venice Film Fest, the star makes it official with his Italian girlfriend
His hand still bandaged from a motoring accident last month, George Clooney was spotted arriving in Venice Monday sporting something that's all the rage in Italian trends -- TV presenter Elisabetta Canalis.
If Cannes Film Festival raises the curtain on the spectacle that is the movie awards season, then the fall festival circuit is the critical first act.
Huge names are expected at this year's Italian film festival - and Buzz Lightyear, too
Whatever your vibe, one of these new hotels will fit the bill.
It's germ warfare at some world attractions. CNN.com writer Stephanie Chen looks at the world's germiest destinations.
They scream germs: Used gum. A flock of pigeons. A tomb covered with kisses.
Visiting a new town is like having a conversation. Places ask questions of you just as searchingly as you question them. And, as in any conversation, it helps to listen with an open mind, so you can be led somewhere unexpected. The more you leave assumptions at home, I've found, the better you can hear whatever it is that a destination is trying to say to you.
The world's oldest art festival has opened to the public in Venice, Italy featuring the work of 90 artists from 77 countries.
I am sitting in a Stockholm hotel over a breakfast of meatballs, eggs, crisp bread covered with salty caviar paste, toast with a dollop of lingonberry jam and a cup of strong Swedish coffee. Life is good.
The couple the knot - for the second time - in a star-studded Venetian celebration
Woody Harrelson, Ed Norton and Olivier Martinez enjoy the city's sites
What would you expect to pay for accommodations in a palatial, elegantly decorated suite in one of London's most famously posh neighborhoods?
Travelers to Italy need to be smart to avoid needless lines and expenses while enjoying its ever-popular treasures. Major sights in Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan are evolving for 2009.
Water in Venice rose to its highest level in more than 20 years.
Venice has suffered its worst flooding in 22 years, leaving some parts of the historic Italian city neck-deep in water, reports said Monday.
The singer's steamy video for "Trading Places" premieres this week
Venice and Toronto Film Festivals
His bravura performance may win an Oscar but can't save this cliche-battered movie
A mere film festival cannot compete with the Academy Awards' grip on the public imagination, but the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival (which begins Thursday) comes pretty close -- in part because it has become the first important bellwether for the onslaught of Oscar hopefuls.
After a charity fundraiser, Clooney and Pitt – in town to promote Burn After Reading – party until the early morning
The star quips in Venice that he's sharing his kids with George Clooney
Calling all gondoliers! A-listers prepare to attend the city's annual film festival
The owner of the barge that spilled about 420,000 gallons of industrial fuel in the Mississippi River near New Orleans said Thursday the company was not to blame for the accident, but said it will be responsible for the cleanup.
The world may indeed be flat, and we all might be competing in a global village. But that doesn't mean we here in the small-biz world can make a cheap, reliable international phone call.
Demons, ghouls and buckets of blood: For decades, filmmakers have delighted in terrorizing their audiences -- and we love them for it.
Having lost her job and her three-bedroom house, Darlene Knoll has joined the legions of downwardly mobile who are four wheels away from homelessness
Myron Sigal and his wife can't make their return flight from Venice to Philadelphia after she is injured on a Mediterranean cruise. US Airways promises him a voucher for the unused portion, but months later, there's no sign of it. Is the money lost?
Opulent costumes are worn by attendees to the 'Cavalchina' ball in Venice, Italy.
Bella Italia, my favorite country in Europe, is a wonderful work in progress. Here's a look at what to expect in 2008.
Myleene Klass visits the London Film Festival to find out more about British Cinema.
From Harry Potter to Beatrix Potter, Bond to Borat, David Lean to Mr Bean, British cinema, the skills of British actors, directors and technicians have long been respected around the globe. And as the London Film Festival opens in the British capital, one of the starring roles is the city itself.
Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci's career has taken him from deeply personal art-house canvases to big-screen epics.
The maestro of modern Italian cinema cites Marlon Brando's role in Last Tango in Paris as one of his greatest successes
The world's oldest film festival celebrates its 75th anniversary
I know you've all heard of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen and gondolas in Venice, but what about spelunking the sewers of Paris or quaffing homebrews with German monks? In this second part of a two-part column, I'll fill you in on more of Europe's quirky sights and experiences.
Perhaps all the attention – and the rave reviews – that his movie with Keira Knightley has been receiving since its September premiere at the Venice Film Festival is getting to him, but James McAvoy suggested a need for a little bolstering at Thursday night's L.A. opening of Atonement. Asked how he was coping with his newfound success, the Scottish actor, 28, true to his roots, unscrewed the ball-top of a rope stand and told PEOPLE, "It would be better if you could put whiskey in it, right?" – Shayna Rose Arnold
Where will we live in 2020? What will our homes look like? Send us your thoughts and we'll print the best ones here.
Let me pack you along for a day on the road to help demystify what goes into the making of a guidebook.
For older men who know the difference between a waltz and fox-trot, being a cruise ship host offers evenings in the dance floor spotlight and days in the ocean sunlight traveling to places they would have never seen otherwise.
Talk about feast or famine! After a summer of high-tech amusement park rides, for a film fan it can feel like it's been months since there was anything worth seeing at the movies -- which makes arriving at the Toronto International Film Festival all the more disorientating.
The world's most populist film festival blasts off with a sexy drama from Ang Lee
George Clooney's bella nuova has made her public debut as his date at the Venice and Deauville film festivals. And a source close to the actor says 28-year-old Sarah Larson is getting the thumbs-up from his pals.
Owen Wilson canceled appearances at the Venice Film Festival but is "doing well" and "making us laugh a lot," says his longtime friend Wes Anderson.
Brad Pitt says that with four children, "sleep is non-existent" and some days fatherhood is a roller coaster ride.
Keira Knightley has kissed some of the biggest heartthrobs in Hollywood, but her current leading man gets top billing.
Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley are among those expected to hit the red carpet at this year's Venice Film Festival, which kicks off Wednesday.
The Venice Film Festival opens its 75th anniversary edition Wednesday with an all-world premiere competition for the coveted Golden Lion, a cascade of stars including George Clooney and Keira Knightley, and its share of international controversy.
Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they're getting closer.
A visit to the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and the Pyramids is on the itinerary of most jet-setting travelers.
The business of luxury at some of the world's top hotels is at the heart of this month's Art of Life.
The Cipriani lifestyle
A Venice confab among those on the front-line helps the Church formulate its thinking on how to relate to Islam
As the first African pavilion opens at the Venice Biennale, art experts are viewing this unique and unparalleled collection as an historic moment for African art in general. They hope that this debut will help struggling African artists and create much-needed artistic infrastructure on the continent.
Former New Kids on the Block singer and season-one Dancing With the Stars contestant Joey McIntyre and his wife, Barrett, are expecting a child, he has announced on his Web site.
AR: Anjali Rao TA: Tadao Ando
One of the stars of this year's Venice Carnival was Teatro La Fenice, twice burnt to the ground and rebuilt.
We got off the plane in Milano, jumped into a rented car, fought the traffic and lack of sleep, finally getting on the Auto Strada north to the little town of Termeno, also known as Tramin (names in the Alto Adige in Italy's north usually are in two languages, Italian and German, sometimes three ... Ladinisch being the third). The destination was the wine firm of J.Hofstatter.
The prices of condos and co-op apartments were down from their previous highs in the majority of metro areas around the nation, according to the latest figures compiled by the National Association of Realtors.
This month, Art of Life is in Venice for Italy's centuries-old carnival taking in the street parades, masquerade balls and private parties at opulent palazzi -- all part of the lengthy celebrations.
For the Polito family, boutique hotels are a way of life, or uno stile di vita.
Ben Silverman could single-handedly generate a week's worth of TV. The 36-year-old is the executive producer of ABC's new dramedy "Ugly Betty", USA's "Nashville Star", NBC's "The Biggest Loser", an...
EVERY FALL, cruise lines move their ships to warmer waters for the winter--and you can go along for the ride. These one-way repositioning, or "repo," cruises have unusual itineraries and more time ...
Fine, so our Olympic squad didn't fare so well in Italy this winter. Your family can still save some gold by going there this spring--the season when the euro goes farthest in the land of Michelang...
It may not be the longest train journey in the world, a record currently held by the 9,288.2 km (5,787 miles) Trans-Siberian Railway.
High oil prices. Inflation fears. Ballooning deficits. Guerrilla war. Bad news? Not for gold. The asset that shines in bad times has been on a tear recently, surpassing $500 an ounce, a level not s...
Heaving breasts. Heavy breathing. Daring rooftop chases. Rampant bed-hopping (lots of bed-hopping). A bit of swordplay. Stolen identities.
Kwytza Kraft Chopstick Lamp $68 While studying in China, Bryan Parks, 29, noticed how many disposable chopsticks went into the trash. After launching Sacramento-based Kwytza Kraft in 2004, he began...
Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed devastated many homes, buildings and, in some cases, entire neighborhoods, leaving residents and government officials to decide whether -- and how -- to rebuild.
The Big Island is the best place for couples to unwind after their big day, according to a survey on the world's best honeymoon destinations.
For most, Venice conjures images of romance and timeless -- almost lazy -- elegance.
A small plane clipped an auto-body shop and crashed and burned in a parking lot Tuesday near the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., killing both people aboard.
Oil industry executives believe there won't be enough extra supply to significantly reduce prices in the short term, according to a published report.
In mid-September, subscribers to Continental Airlines' weekend specials bulletins got a small surprise by e-mail--a one-day-only fare sale. Milan, for instance, could be had for about $365 from New...
Ned Davis Research, based in Venice, Fla., is highly respected among institutional investors for its historical and quantitative market analysis. Now, with the launch of the Ned Davis Research Asse...
One hundred miles east of Venice, the sleepy port of Trieste is home to much of Italy's coffee trade--including gourmet roaster Illy, which sells beans to cafes and restaurants around the globe. Bu...
No matter where I go, Italy never leaves me. Whether I'm at a crowded party or at dinner with friends, it always comes up. This doesn't happen by coincidence. I was born in Rome and am an Italian c...
Life has been too much, what with stockholders demanding instant gratification and house guests in Gstaad demanding instant champagne. While my fruit-loop CEO heads to a week of yoga in Costa Rica,...
On a recent trip to Mauritius, while dining with my funds manager at Ducasse--would someone PLEASE give Alain a break?--I overheard the woman at the next table carrying on about the new St. Regis i...
The Vegas Strip has come to resemble a dockyard of gaudy cruise ships: You leave one oversized hotel/ship only to find yourself at another with a different theme. The 3,005-room Bellagio is no diff...
An Italophile friend of mine has a theory: The world divides into two groups of people--those who like Florence and those who prefer Venice. A good marriage, he insists, combines one of each.
After a long day of marauding across the Mongolian plain, cooking was the last thing a Tartar had time for. So he'd put a slab of meat under his saddle, let it ripen there for a day or two, then sl...
IN THE UNENDING DRIVE for productivity and profits, companies are taking reengineering to new frontiers. They are knocking down walls, selling off buildings, and otherwise revolutionizing the once ...
Chiat/Day Venice, Calif.: $620 million Energizer, Nissan, Nynex ''The industry's in turmoil,'' says President Bob Kuperman. So is Chiat/Day. American Express and Reebok walked since Chiat/Day can't...
All year long, we've been warning that stocks were overpriced, that investment profits would be hard to come by and that you could actually suffer losses of as much as 15%. That cautionary advice l...
Visiting Venice and hoping to find a more original souvenir than a model gondola? Good news: By fall you'll be able to go home with a ream of writing paper made from smelly algae scooped from the l...
If you're looking for summer vacation tips, reach for the remote control; there are a growing number of televised travel shows that might help you. The latest offering: a new 24-hour cable channel,...
The majestic Moor of Venice is back in her slip in Ravenna, an ancient Adriatic port. But not for long. Raul Gardini, owner of the 79-foot racing sloop and captain of Italy's Ferruzzi Group, is as ...
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IN THIS SPRING of economic uncertainty, the financial markets continue to fret. If the dollar no longer seems likely to collapse, it could still head down in a hurry again if investors are disappoi...