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Largo di Torre Argentina

#172 of 1,468 things to do in Rome
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Address: Via Florida, Rome, Italy
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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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Rome's Other Forum

To me this beautiful forum was a lovely surprise ... the epitome of Rome. A classical ruin in the midst of a more contemporary square. Romans may not know just how lucky they are.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We saw the columns sticking up repeatedly until one day we were just walking tis neighborhood and were blown away at the excellent excavations that have been done to date. It's hard to believe they just discovered this in the 20th century. The quality of the antiquities rivals some of the more famous sites we visited. This place has numerous... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

First: we don't believe the place is open at certain hours and closed at the other. Due to the serious ongoing excavation and archeological works there is no entry to the site. With that being said, the entire landmark can be viewed in a comprehensive way, and if one gets down the stairs a closeup observation is not a problem.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

To me this beautiful forum was a lovely surprise ... the epitome of Rome. A classical ruin in the midst of a more contemporary square. Romans may not know just how lucky they are.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

View from the Via di San Nicola de Cesarini, which has excellent interpretive panels. Sunken below street level, it is covered with the remains of temples dating back to the age of the Roman Republican. Really worth a diversion.

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Thessaloniki, Greece, Europe
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The Largo di Torre Argentina is situated at the heart of Rome, although be prepared for a lot of walking because there is no metro station nearby! Unfortunately, the place was closed when we got there, so we could not enter. In addition, reading reviews from the Internet, we thought that there would be many cats (It's a cat sanctuary),... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This place is supposed to be infamous of an assasination but now better known as a cat sanctuary! The sanctuary is very well run without any help from the Rome municipal. Support it by buying a T-shirt or an expresso cup.......

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Sarzana, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If cats are your reason of life, this is your place. A kind of magic is attracting here a lot of these guests, that during the years became a real touristic attraction. If you have kids, they will play to discover all hidden animals and to look at youngest ones play and "fighting", specially if they're fan of Disney's Aristocats!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

About halfway between the Roma Termini and The Vatican (walking about 2 kms) is Largo di Torre Argentina. This is small archaeological site is situated slap bang at the intersection of 3 very busy streets. It has 4 temples, some of which are better preserved than the ones at the Roman Forum. These temples were built between the 4C BC... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

I stumbled across this site on an early morning walk and wish I had my camera. Uncovered in the 20th century, the ruins offer a glimpse at life in the Roman Empire. Take your camera, don't make the mistake I did.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I love the ruins plopping up in the middle of the city. But above all i adore the work of the people from the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary. Just go down the stairs to isit them and the numerous cats who live in the ancient ruins.

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