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Largo di Torre Argentina

#135 of 997 things to do in Rome
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Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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The ruins of Torre Argentina, a tower that was erected on the site...

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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I'm so glad that i got to see this place, you can imagine all the temples that once stood there as the foundations are very well preserved. it's not as confusing as other sites... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Thrapston, United Kingdom

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm so glad that i got to see this place, you can imagine all the temples that once stood there as the foundations are very well preserved. it's not as confusing as other sites such as the forum etc because of it's size. It's also the place where Gaius Julius Caesar was assassinated by members of the senate.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This excavation, which can be viewed from the perimeter of an entire city block, but not entered is mesmerizing. It is ancient, it is well preserved, it is the site of one of history's most dramatic moments. It is literally crawling with feral cats. Is it possible they are the guardians of that history

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We passed by this area several times while driving, then came back on foot to better see it. It's an amazing city block with partially excavated ruins which are well below street level. This makes walking all around the four sides more interesting. Then a local guide informed us that the Argentina was where Brutus did Caesar in - it... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Roman pillars and stage ruins in the city in a square. Free to view from the road. This is a cat sanctuary below. Cats everywhere but not as many as I would have thought. Have a quick look from the road and then move on. Too much to do and see here to be spending too much time in one... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stumbled upon the site and the cat rescue operation on a trip 8 years ago. Still ranks as a top highlight of any trip I've ever taken

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This is an absolute must-see. My travel partner is a total history buff--particularly where Roman history is concerned, but sometimes thinks he knows more than he actually knows LOL, so on one of our first outings in Rome, I made it a point to pass by Largo di Torre Argentina, also known as "Area Sacra" (Sacred Area) on our way... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

A preserved ancient site turned into a square surrounded by roads and modern buildings. It is interesting to walk around and see where one of the most well known characters from history - Julius Caesar - was assassinated.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Just one square block in area, these ruins were preserved due to fact that Julius Caesar was assassinated here. This was also the site of Pompey's Theatre and 4 temples, so it was declared a religious site and preserved. You will pass by it on the sightseeing bus and also if you take the local bus to Castello Sant'Angelo (number... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

It was fascinating to see the well preserved, two-thousand + year old ruins at Largo di Torre Argentina and it's illustrious history as the site of Julius Caesar's assassination. Now feral cats coexist with the excavations in a sanctuary monitored by noble volunteers who feed, spay, neuter and routinely care for the strays, many of whom suffer from blindness, loss... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Exploring without a plan, we stumbled upon this place and were entranced. Stand on the eastern side of this landmark and face westward to look upon the ruins of Pompey's theatre. Stand long enough and you may notice a few cats picking their way among the ruins. Venture to the south end and you'll see more of them; take the... More 

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