This was taken in the Piazza del Popolo in Rome -- where one sees not only international tourists, but also groups of kids speaking Italian, apparently visiting Rome on a school tour of some kind.
That's apparently what was going on here; and the young man in the foreground (with his back to the camera) had asked the girls to huddle together and pose for a group shot.
Note: this photo was published in a May 16, 2009 blog titled "Firefox lorgne-t-il du côté de Facebook et réciproquement?" And it was published in a Jun 25, 2009 blog titled "Scuola, Svevo e culture giovanili nelle tracce dei temi di maturità." More recently, it was published in an undated (Nov 1, 2009) blog titled "Berufsfindungsaktionstage für Wilhelmsburger Mädchen." And it was published in a Nov 18, 2009 blog titled "Meep Emailer Reported to Danvers Police Department."
Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 25, 2010 Polish blog titled "Koniec szkoły? Mobilna edukacja przyszłości." And it was published in a Feb 20, 2010 blog titled "Facebook, Privacy, and Cyber bullying." It was also referred to, with a link but without the actual picture, in an undated (late Mar 2010) Mind Your Own Life blog. And it was published in an Apr 7, 2010 blog titled "Tangible Organization." It was also published in an Apr 16, 2010 blog titled "Koniec szkoły? Mobilna edukacja przyszłości." And it was published in an Aug 29, 2010 blog titled "School Survival Guide."
Note: on Aug 12, 2009 I uploaded an edited version of this photo. Mostly, it involved adjusting shadows and "cold spots", to make some of the details a little more visible.
Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 10, 2011 blog titled "6 Chicas Detenidas por Convocar en Facebook a Golpear Profesores." It was also published in a Sep 10, 2011 blog titled Cool Back to School Pictures Images, with the same detailed notes that I had written here on this Flickr page.
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an undated (late May 2012) Russian blog titled "7 Способов Стать Популярнее в Школе." It was also published in a Dec 31, 2012 blog titled "5 Types Of Men’s Recreational Clothing."
Moving into 2014, the photo was published in an Aug 28, 2014 blog titled "Der lässige Streetstyle-Look mit purple Sneakers."
These photos were taken during a week in Rome, at the beginning of December 2008. I was participating in a computer conference, but had some free time at the beginning and end of the trip; unfortunately, the weather was not very cooperative, and my photography efforts were sometimes interrupted by rain...