In Rome, it is not so difficult to come in stray cats, often settling in small colonies near the archeological sites such as Piazza Argentina. Here they can also find shelter and protection of so-called "gattare," old ladies who take care of them.
It is not easy to photograph cats, they usually run away when you spot towards them a dark and ominous camera.
So when I saw this cat in an alley, I said without conviction, "let's try!" He's been standing there and he has allowed me to be closer and shoot without escaping. However there were other cats on his right hided in a hole of the wall so I thought he was interested in something else, or simply there was a cute kitten that distracted him.