Marcello had a very thorough approach to archaeological geophysics and believed in doing things right, rather than botching them. He demonstrated that the application of processing methods known from exploration geophysics to archaeological data sets can provide new insights, but he was acutely aware of the special treatment such archaeological geophysics data demand. He was also a strong proponent of academic rigour in archaeological geophysics, which meant for him to support and contribute to the academic journal Archaeological Prospection. Colleagues may remember his passionate plea for all ISAP members to take out a subscription for that journal, which he made during an intense discussion at the ISAP AGM in Nitra, 2007.
This thoroughness was counter-balanced by a very positive attitude towards live, and love of good food and drink. When he visited the University of Bradford with Prof. Domenico Patella and Salvatore Piro in 1997 he was immediately impressed with the range of Indian curries on offer. It was always a good idea to sit near him during a gala dinner, as that would ensure the continuous availability of good food.
Above all, he was a very nice person and fun to be with. Although we only met at conferences and workshops I feel privileged to consider him a friend. It is hard to accept that we will not meet again.