If you are thinking about, or planning, a trip to France or Italy, this DVD is a useful primer to some of the top spots. I was disappointed that it did not cover Venice, but the places Samantha did cover, she covered reasonably well. There was more emphasis on shopping than I would like, but I'm a guy. (No further explanation required.)
The DVD is no replacement for a good guidebook, such as the DK Eyewitness series, but a great way to get a first taste of the two countries.
I wanted to see this movie for educational purposes, but it is very worthy of watching for travel purposes. The hostess, Samantha Brown, is funny & energetic. The person shooting the film did a great job of catching just the right shot. I liked that it showed her tipping the cab driver, ordering food, shopping and doing the tourist things that a traveler would find him or herself doing. Very informative.
FEATURING: CANNES AND NICE, FRANCE (THE FRENCH RIVIERA): Experience Carnival in the glamorous south of France when the streets are filled with dancers, musicians, balloons and carnival floats. PARIS CULTURE: To really experience this most romantic of cities, you have to live like a Parisian, so Samantha gives it a whirl! SIMPLY PARIS: Stroll along the Champs-Elysees, satisfy a sweet tooth with French pastry, take a twilight river cruise along the Seine and much more. COTE D'AZUR (MONACO): This is where the outrageously wealthy live a lifestyle beyond imagination, and Samantha is anxious to get a glimpse of how the rich and famous do it up in style! AMALFI COAST, ITALY: Samantha explores the cities, towns and villages along the soaring cliffs of the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. FLORENCE, ITALY: Unlock the secrets to packing in all the must-see sights of Florence, get priceless shopping tips and discover the perfect spot to escape the crowds. NAPLES, ITALY, ROME ITALY