Breaking free of the tourist mould is a feat when visiting Italy. This beautiful converted Roman fortress breathes a sigh of independence from the heavily-visited nearby areas of Tuscany and is available to rent. Within a small hamlet in the remote foothills of the Pratomagno mountains, Bagnena is an unspoilt beauty. By Natasha Gammell.
Paris is without doubt one of the greatest cities of the world and not just because of its ability to excel at food, love, fashion, art – and pretty much everything else (it even has a beach in the summer) – but rather because, for centuries, the city has been a bottomless, fine crystal glass of inspiration for writers, designers and artists. We headed west of the city to the upmarket residential neighbourhood of Boulogne-Billancourt. By Rooksana Hossenally.