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Largo di Torre Argentina

Address: Via Florida, Rome, Italy
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Ranked #146 of 686 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: The ruins of Torre Argentina, a tower that was erected on the site where Burckard, papal master of...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: 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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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Recently on a trip to Rome I walked past a square, Largo di Torre Argentina, which I had seen countless times before but I never read about its' history as Rome is the place for many historical sites. This was the place where four Roman Republicn temples were as well as the remains of Pompeii's theatre. This is the spot... More 

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Guilford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I have been to Rome twice. I have visited the Vatican once. (It was okay.) I have visited this sanctuary twice. (It is FANTASTIC.) If you want to meet some of the best people Rome can produce and see some of the sweetest felines anywhere, this is a must-visit. Located not far from the Pantheon, in a very busy neighborhood... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Cats! So many cats! And roman temples. Two of my favourite things combined! We worried somewhat about the cats leaving and roaming the very busy roads around this place, but they generally seem to be fairly content where they are. The ruins are very picturesque and you get a nice view of them from the elevated street position. The sanctuary... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

If you love cats, you should definitely stop by Largo di Torre Argentina where lots of cats are living in these ruins where Caesar was assassinated. Amazing to see! Donations are welcome and cat adoptions are possible too I think.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is located at a major hub for buses. The ruins are easy to see. The fact that Caesar was assassinated there, is not highly advertised at the site. The cat sanctuary is really lovely - it is wonderful to witness volunteers doing what they can to help the feline inhabitants of this amazing city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The Area Sacra is open to visitors by appointment only, which is disappointing because the ancient remains here are fascinating. The four temples are probably the oldest in Rome and nestled amongst them is the site of Caesar's assassination. Too fragile to have tourists tramping all over them, the site can be adequately surveyed from street level. One group of... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The cat shelter is amazing, and the life and character they bring to that area. Love the cats and loved buying from their gift selection and donating to them.

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Leigh-on-Sea, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Situated a few streets down from the Pantheon, this looks at first appearance to be just another set of old Roman ruins ….but at the back of this site, behind the ruins of a temple is one of the most significant sites in history – it is the remains of the Senate House where on 15th March 44 BC (... More 

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I stumbled upon this place by accident last summer whilst searching for something else in the area. My niece noticed the cats so we stopped and said hello to as many as we could. We learned it was a sanctuary and home to around 300 cats. It was only later I did some research and discovered it also happened to... More 

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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a lovely little spot and a must-see for cat lovers. Although you can't walk among the ruins, the whole site is sunken and easily seen from the street above. There are even places to sit up on street-level so you can watch the kitties lazing about their own private ancient ruins. If you visit during open hours, be... More 

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