Say “meow” to the cats of Rome!
Rome is not only the capital city of Italy, but also one of the centers of Western culture and civilization, European origins being deeply rooted in this soil. But beyond relics of the times of Ancient Rome and beautiful Renaissance reminders, piazzas and pizza restaurants galore, there are a few discreet and elegant inhabitants. Today we say “meow” to the cats of Rome!
For those of you who have been to Rome before, there is no mystery there are lots of souvenirs to purchase in the markets or in shops. What might be a bit more surprising is that there are lots of cards, magnets, mugs and T-shirts with… cats. Apart from the fact that cats have taken over the Internet – and, it seems, “the world” of cute things – they are a popular symbol of Rome.
On the site of the ancient ruins of the Torre Argentina, some 200 cats have found shelter and home. Torre Argentina was one of the oldest temples in Rome, dating back to the 5th century BC. The site was excavated by Mussolini in 1929 and is the scene of the famous Theater of Pompey, where Caesar was betrayed and stabbed to death in the year 44 BC.
Today, the relics are the peaceful and bright home to the beloved cats, who can be seen lounging in the sun on the column stumps or playing hide and seek behind the old statues.
The ruins can be visited daily from 12 to 6 PM and don’t think the cats are unprotected there! The locals love them and there is an NGO that sees that the cats are fed, cleaned and pampered. You can “remote-adopt” one of the cats if you like and come visit whenever you like!
The site is easily accessible by car, so for your trip may we suggest Rome car rental.