Travel news: Italy’s weight loss secrets, the man who built the plane and more

(CNN) – In this week’s travel news, a town whose residents boast a “fat-killing gene”, a man who built his family’s airplane in his garden and a woman who asked a stranger for directions got engaged to him two weeks later. .

The town with the ‘elixir’ of health

On the shores of Italy’s Lake Garda, there is a fishing village with a secret: many of its inhabitants are said to carry a special gene that kills fat and cholesterol, making them medical miracles.
But in another Italian tourist destination, Amalfi, an Englishman shed weight this week the old-fashioned way: by stripping. Unfortunately, he chose to cut off his clothes on the steps of the cathedral, and the local police were shocked.
One region that gives a warm welcome to visitors (in full costume) is Friuli Venezia Giulia, in northeastern Italy, where people pay just to visit. You have to stay there for two nights, and in return they will give you a return trip from anywhere in the country.

Build your dreams

An engineer based in England got his private pilot’s license in 2019 and then built a plane for his family in his garden. Those shelves you put up last year look pretty lame, don’t they?
Then there was the Welshman who bought a former movie star’s house in the French countryside and spent $300,000 restoring the pool to its former glory.
And in Sicily, a team of Argentinian doctors faces one of the toughest recovery challenges yet: they’ve been trained to help turn around an Italian town that’s selling dilapidated homes for as cheap as €1.

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Hong Kong — now opening up to tourism — has one of the world’s toughest eateries. There are sky high rents, expensive food imports and most importantly, competition for a sharp knife. An insider reveals secrets directly from his heartbeat.
Mushrooms are popular in food cultures around the world, but along with the likes of olives and cilantro, they are among the most likely to be tossed on the side of the plate by some diners. Why are some foods so polarizing? The experts explain.

Love beyond borders

French Canadian Rachel Décoste traveled to Benin Republic in West Africa in 2018 to study its history. On his first day, he asked a stranger for directions, a move that would change his future. Two weeks later, they were engaged.
It’s the kind of love story many young Western women hope for when they travel to South Korea, in a social phenomenon known as the “Netflix effect.” Disillusioned with the dating cultures in their home countries, they come looking for the cultured and romantic Korean men they’ve seen portrayed on screen. But they see that fiction must be measured against reality.

Animal jokes

A penguin penguin tells his friend to talk to pinball.

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If you missed it

The Ritz-Carlton’s $6,400-a-week superyacht cruise has finally set sail, after more than three years of delay.

And a whale-shaped Airbus Beluga just delivered a satellite to the Kennedy Space Center. See here

“We suffer for what we love,” says one theme park expert.

A Brooklyn restaurant tested a robot cat against a human server.

The best sleeping bags

Sleeping bag technology has advanced in recent years, so if your model is a little outdated, it may be time to upgrade before your next big camping adventure. Our partners at CNN Underscored, CNN’s proprietary product review and recommendation guide, have selected the top 26 on the market, according to camping experts.

Top image: Limone sul Garda (Jorg Greuel/Stone RF/Getty Images).