WORTH A TRIP: Weary of Athens's nail-biting marathon to the Olympics? Design mag Wallpaper* says that Turin, Italy, host of the 2006 Winter Games, is already transforming itself. The home of Fiat is a "car town to the core . . . a heady mix of industrial mass product and the glamorous styling of Giugiaro, Pininfarina and Bertone." Old factories are re-tooling as hipster hangouts, light installations brighten the streets, and the Olympics hospitality center boasts the "largest ever sofa" -- 600 square feet of snake-shaped green leather.

WORTH A FLIP: Napoleon crowned himself emperor 200 years ago, and to celebrate, France magazine devotes itself to the petit one, including a delectable visit to Corsica . . . Partied too hard at the Viper Room? Hollywood Life suggests Home James (www.homejames.com), a service that dispatches glam guys on scooters to drive you and your car to your hotel . . . Tour California's wine country by boat, Porthole says, on small ships on the Napa and Petaluma rivers, so there's "no need to struggle with the winding roads after a full day of tastings" . . . Be the first on your block to visit Libya. Conde Nast Traveler says you'll find "dramatic desert scenery, a slew of first-class classical sites and hundreds of miles of unspoiled Mediterranean coastline" -- plus some of the world's scariest drivers.

WORTH A GAWK: mental_floss explores 80 quirky local customs, including Spanish "baby jumping" (to ensure "safe passage through life") and Welsh "sin-eating" (food is waved over the deceased to "absorb" their sins, then devoured by loved ones).

-- Gayle Keck