The Tuscan countryside beckons travellers looking for a change of pace. (CAMERON HEWITT PHOTO)

Escape to the Italian countryside

To connect with the rural charm that defines Tuscany, consider exploring by car and staying not in towns but in farmhouses. Savvy travellers can slow down and get a taste of Italian rural life in the traditional-yet-cozy lodgings of a countryside B&B or an agriturismo -- a working farm that takes in guests.

Francois Pinault. (Reuters photo)

French billionaire to create new Paris museum

French luxury goods magnate Francois Pinault is finally achieving his ambition of opening a museum in Paris to house his vast private art collection a decade after he ditched previous plans over red tape and opened a gallery in Venice instead.

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