Jasper is a 15-year-old character cat who graciously welcomed us into his home last night.

Despite beginning his life in one of the better parts of Surrey, he has since developed a very Italian lifestyle, sleeping much of the day in order to save his energy for nocturnal cavorting. This includes chasing all the girls and fighting all the boys.

Jasper managed to find time in his busy schedule to arrange a special supper for us, accompanied by splendid Italian red wine.

At home with his retinue of attendants: Matt, James and Karin

Jasper's vantage point from where he can enjoy the view across Tuscany and keep an eye on the family