Today: The Spanish and Latin American Film Festival gets under way in Manchester. Viva! will be showing films from Spain to Argentina and Uruguay, including 80 Days, as well as a British film on Mexican-American identity in San Diego. Accompanying events and a photographic exhibition will run in tandem until 27 March (vivafilmfestival.com).
This week: After a minor hitch (a Roman settlement was unearthed in the grounds during construction), the Waldorf Astoria is opening in Syon Park in west London on Tuesday. The luxury country-house-style resort is in the grounds of the Duke of Northumberland's estate (waldorfastoria.com). Also in the capital, get a taste for Italy at "La Dolce Vita", which starts on Thursday at the Business Design Centre in Islington. The event brings together all things Italian, from holidays to food and wine; until Sunday (ladolcevitaevent.co.uk).
In The Diary: Make sure you're up to date with vaccinations and health precautions before your next holiday. The "Eight Weeks to Go" campaign encourages travellers to find out what's advised for their destination (8weekstogo.co.uk).