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Largo di Torre Argentina

#175 of 987 things to do in Rome
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Description: The ruins of Torre Argentina, a tower that was erected on the site where...
The ruins of Torre Argentina, a tower that was erected on the site where Burckard, papal master of ceremonies, had his house built, is today the home of a large volunteer cat shelter.
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No crowds! I was here before it "opened" (12-6pm), but you can see all the ruins from outside. Bonus: cats! You can adopt from 1-5pm. : ) Kudos to Rome for once again preserving... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This site is an excavation/archaeological dig in the middle of central Rome. It's about a square block in size. From the sidewalk, you can look around and see down into it. Our route across town happened to take us nearby, and we enjoyed stopping for a few minutes to admire the ruins. With all of the famous ancient sites in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

No crowds! I was here before it "opened" (12-6pm), but you can see all the ruins from outside. Bonus: cats! You can adopt from 1-5pm. : ) Kudos to Rome for once again preserving their ancient history amongst modern infrastructure.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

I touring the city center when I came across this area which looked like old ruin. The place was enclosed and seemed to be liked by cats, which were around, a lot of them. The place was very ironical being a historical ruin right in middle of modern city center where lot of trams and buses where intersecting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Nice little corner to observe yet more roman ruins, wonder what they were laid out like that for before cats (lots of them) adopted them as their town (and bathroom...). THe more your eyes adapt, the more cats you count. Crazy and fun, especially for kids and cat lovers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The very cool thing about this site is that it is smack-dab in the middle of a perfectly ordinary section of modern Rome. You're walking along looking at normal 4- and 5-story Italian buildings and suddenly there's this block-long hole in the ground that drops you into Caesar's Rome. You wonder how on earth the site got covered up with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Always referred to as the Cat Sanctuary and where many buses converge, Largo Argentina is much more. In the sunken ruins, you will see 3-4 ancient temples and their columns sticking up from the ground. Folklore has it that largest colony of stray cats exists here in Largo Argentina and they are supposed to be the ghosts of ancient Romans.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

There are lots of these ruins left so you can see what it would have been like at the time. You can see lots just from walking around the pavement at the top and this gives you the scale of the ruins. Well worth having a look and easy to find.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This is another archeological site not to be missed.This is part of the walking tour.You will not miss .You will enjoy needs about fifteen minutes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This archeological site contains the ruins of 4 temples and Pompey's Theatre. Julius Caesar was stabbed in the curia of Pompey's Theatre, not the curia you see still standing today in the forum. The Temple of Juturna, the goddess of fountains and wells was later made a church and is maybe the best preserved due to that. The oldest temple... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Amazing ruins just minutes from our hotel, Hotel Smeraldo. A number of Roman temples/altars with great access.

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