People are itching to get away. According to October 2020 findings from Hilton, 95% of Americans miss traveling—in fact, it’s the activity they’ve missed most during the pandemic, an Airbnb January 2021 report revealed. But in the face of ongoing restrictions and uncertain futures, would-be travelers must get creative, and are looking to Hollywood to entertain their wanderlust fantasies. A slate of new travelogue series and films have hit screens this year, offering viewers a visual escape—as well as inspiration for where to go once bans are lifted.
Stanley Tucci hosts Searching for Italy, which premiered February 14, 2021 on CNN and has already been picked up for a second season. The docuseries follows Tucci on a food tour throughout Italy and is the network’s first original travel-food show since Anthony Bourdain’s award-winning Parts Unknown. Tucci says the timing of the release is deliberate: “During a time when everyone wishes they could travel, the series will transport you through Italy’s cultural past and present through its extraordinary cuisine.”