HAY-ON-WYE, HEREFORDSHIRE Lures book lovers from all over the world. There are twenty-seven bookshops selling new and second-hand books. The two largest are: Hay Cinema Bookshop, The Old Cinema, Castle Street (tel: 01497-820071), and Richard Booth’s Book Shop, 44 Lion Street (tel: 01497-820322) BOOK FAIRS The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association organizes fairs in London and all over the country. For details, call ‘Fairline’ on 01763-249212 FOR INSPIRATION At Home with Books: How Book Lovers Live with and Care for their Libraries (Thames & Hudson, £29.95), Interior decoration ideas Estelle Ellis, Caroline Seebohm and Christopher Simon Sykes, shows forty very different book collections Living with Books (Mitchell Beazley, £19.95), Alan Powers, illustrates numerous ways of displaying books around the home. Published May 18 The Directory of Antiquarian and Second-hand Booksellers, £4, is published by The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (tel: 01763-248400) Peace of Italy Medidate on the splendid tranquillity of Palazzo Arzaga, a converted monastery that is now a chic country-house hotel he pervading sense of calm at Palazzo Arzaga is highly seductive, and is perhaps an invisible testament to the simple, meditative life of the monks who built their 15th-century monastery there. This newly opened Italian country-house hotel – the result of more than four years’ conversion work – is in the heart of Lombardy, 25 miles from Verona. Set in 1,000 acres of private grounds, it comprises a frescoed main building (the former monastery) and a private chapel, and entices guests with its understated luxury: stone and terracotta floors, whitewashed walls and beautiful, hand-picked antiques.