Thanks to we find ourselves overnighting in some very fine hotels. Winter deals and good marketing enable travellers like us to have the pleasure of staying in beautiful buildings that we might otherwise not find out about.

Last night we stayed in a 14th century manor house in Perugia, Italy, which is now a hotel called Lo Spedalicchio.

We know that dressing well is very important to Italians in general, and our dining companions last night were no exception: the groups of men were all dressed smartly in dark jackets, tidy jeans and nice shirts.

This morning at breakfast we realised they were all workmen: in their reflective jackets and waistcoats and with matching toolboxes, they all left the table together and headed out on a job.