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Florence by Day (March 2012)

Florence Panoramas (March 2012)

Florence by Night (March 2012)

Cortona and Florence (October 2005)

A couple of days in Tuscany … After arriving in Florence by plane, I took the train to Cortona (Villa Marsili Hotel), a walled city located on a hill (about 500 metres above sea level) where every step will take you either up or down – there is just one street that is approximately level. I visited the Museo dell’Accademia that had opened shortly before as well as some of the Etruscan tombs in the vicinity. I returned to Florence for another three days before taking the flight back to Hamburg. (Cameras used: Fuji FinePix S9500 and FinePix F10, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7, Pentax *ist Ds)

Rome by Night (September 2004)

A stroll through Rome from sunset to midnight: Piazza del Quirinale, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso, Galleria Colonna, Palazzo di Montecitorio, Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori, Piazza della Minerva, Fontana di Trevi, Via della Pilotta, Mercati Traianei, Forum Romanum. (Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20)

Rome: Cimitero Acattolico per gli Stranieri (June 2002)

At the edges of ancient Rome lies the Cimitero Acattolico per gli Stranieri, the cemetery for those of some other than the Catholic faith, or no faith at all, many of them strangers whose life happened to end in Rome. Here are the graves of Keats and Shelley, Antonio Gramsci and Julius August Walter von Goethe (identified only as “Goethe Filius” on his headstone). The area next to the pyramid of Gaius Cestius is also a cat sanctuary where stray cats are fed, vaccinated and sterilized by a group of cat-loving volunteers. (Camera used: Fuji FinePix 6900)

Rome: Flowers (June 2002)

Flowers on the Palatine Hill, in the Cimitero acattolico, the Forum Romanum, and the streets of Rome (camera: Fuji FinePix 6900).

Rome: Mercati Traianei (June 2002)

The Mercati Traianei (Trajan’s Market), built under Emperor Trajan, was kind of a shopping mall (camera: Fuji FinePix 6900).

Venice: Carnival and Campaigning (March 1990)

When I wasn’t attracting the attention of other tourists posing as a Dottore della Peste, I was stalking the other masks with my own camera. The snapshot of Ilona „la cicciolina“ Staller was taken on another occasion three years before, when I caught her campaigning for Italy’s Partito Radicale – she won a seat in the parliamentary elections later that year. The only digital photograph in this series is that of the musicians playing in front of the Quadri, taken in May 2001. The cameras used were a Pentax ME Super (1987), Pentax Z-50p (1990), and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F505 (2001).