Palatial in Puglia

Forget seaside villas, says Rebecca Rose – this summer the cognescenti are renting ‘masserie’, or fortified farmhouses, in an unspoiled region of southern Italy

On the Hockney trail

A major new exhibition could put the rural Yorkshire Wolds on the international art world’s map, says Rebecca Rose

Jennifer Egan, novelist

The American author’s polyphonic novel about the music industry and the ravages of time is seen as a surprise hit

Nature at large

Massimo Vitali is famous for photographing people – typically hordes of them on the beach in his native Italy. But his latest work reveals a shift in focus, writes Rebecca Rose

The trend: Weirdly wonderful

The edible fantasias of cake conjurors and sugar sculptors are brought together by the Experimental Food Society. Rebecca Rose braves the jellyfish salad