Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary

Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary

Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary
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12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
With three of Rome’s most beloved piazzas within a five-minute walk of each other, the Navona/Pantheon/Campo area may be the prettiest and most picturesque area of the city. Join the beautiful throngs hanging out in cafes, boutiques, art galleries, and wine bars, or peek at a neighborhood museum or monument. If you want nonstop movida, the streets here are busy with chic bicyclists and Vespa drivers, street vendors, merchants, and locals. There is no rhyme or reason to its winding streets and there's something to see around every corner, so take pleasure in a spontaneous wander.
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,009 contributions
Only in Rome would a shelter for homeless cats be housed within an archaeological site, with cats roaming among the ruins of ancient Roman temples.
Like most people, we discovered the Largo Argentina by simply walking past and being amazed to see ancient ruins in one of the busiest parts of the city.
Last time I saw it, it was teeming with cats. They were sunning themselves among the fallen columns, hiding in nooks and crannies and leaping around the discarded blocks of marble. This time we saw it in the evening and could only spot a couple but maybe it would be different in the day.
The shelter, established in 1994, is located at the base of the Temple of Lares Permarini. This is one of 4 temples at the Largo Argentina site.
Dating back to the 2nd century BC, it is also known as Temple D. This is the biggest of the 4 temples but most of it is un-excavated and lies beneath the road, Via Florida. The temple was probably built by Lucius Aemilius Regillus, after the Lares gods guided and protected his naval fleet during his victory over Antiochus the Great. Lares Permarini protected sailors so small earthenware statues were often placed on the prows of ships to ensure the safe return of the crew.
The site sits about 4m below street level and whilst you can’t access the temples, I believe that cat-lovers can visit the cat shelter.
Currently Bvlgari is funding a €1 million project which will open up the whole site to visitors but this has left a big question mark hanging over the future of the cats. Many people were asking what would happen to them. Apparently the shelter’s future has now been guaranteed and the cats will stay.
It is worth noting that the shelter relies entirely on volunteers and donations.
Written July 7, 2022
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ellen k
Chicago, IL7 contributions
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Stopped by to see the cats and buy some merchandise. Got to talking to one of the volunteers who gave the background on the organization. They started approximately 29 years ago when there were over 500 cats in the ruins. There are now 75 cats of which they provide constant care, most are feral and/or disabled. The group is also focused on spaying and neutering with peak years seeing 5000 cats fixed. When I walked by these ruins 27 years ago, they were overrun with cats. It is very inspiring to see their success firsthand. I plan to wear my T-shirt around Rome to help raise awareness and funds so they can continue their efforts.
Written August 30, 2022
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Travel 101
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Couples
I had seen this on the television and I just had to go to it.. The people who work here are all volunteers they do an amazing job..most of the Cats are free to come and go, you see them all sunbathing on the ancient ruins. Some of the cats are kept inside but that is for their own protection as some are totally blind, some are deaf. If you do visit they are very welcoming and they will answer any questions you have. You can purchase some souvenirs or if you would like you can leave a donation, this cat sanctuary is not government funded so they do appreciate any donation no matter how large or small this also covers medical expenses and the Cats all benefit from it by having their best life.. will definitely go back to see all the lovely kitty's the next time we are back in Rome..🐱.😃
Written May 1, 2022
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courtney9384
Washington DC, DC300 contributions
After five prior trips to Roma, I finally came across this wonderful cat sanctuary. It was a true highlight! What a joy to see the kitties exploring the ruins and living their best lives. If you walk down the stairs, you will come across the indoor shelter, which houses quite a few kitties; I believe some are permanent residents and others are available for adoption. It is run by a lovely staff and volunteers, who were quick to welcome me in. They told me about their work and some individual stories of some of the cats in their care. It was a wonderful visit and absolutely necessary for any cat or animal lover. If you are able to, I'd encourage you to make a donation to the sanctuary; they are doing amazing work!
Written February 23, 2022
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,432 contributions
This is such an awesome area for the cats, and if you walk down the stairs, you can go inside the office area and meet some of the cats with disabilities. The staff members will show you around and tell you about each cat. You can pet the cats and play with them. You can also make a donation or buy merchandise that helps out the entire project. This is a quick stop that is a lot of fun.
Written April 3, 2022
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Everton82
Manchester, UK7 contributions
Couples
You will only see a few cats around the ruins, so please seek out the entrance to the sanctuary, open 12-6pm. The entrance is at the corner of the Via Torre Argentina and Via Florida.

I am so glad I called in to meet the beautiful cats and hear from the staff what they do for them.

A warning, it is both a happy and sad occasion as some cats who live in the Nursery are blind / deaf and have ailments but it was amazing to meet them all. You can even arrange to adopt a cat who cannot be traditionally adopted, from a distance by paying a fee per month to help towards their care.

If you love cats you have to call in!
Written January 18, 2020
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dapper777
Monaco32,207 contributions
Friends
In Rome there is a place where dozens of cats have found a home among the historical ruins of an important archaeological site.
The "Sanctuary of the Cats of Rome" has become a touristic attraction not only for the archaeological treasures that it it holds but also for the guests who have found here a refuge.
It is, in fact, the Sacred Area of Torre Argentina: it is here that Julius Caesar, the most famous of the Roman leaders, died at the hands of Brutus and other conspirators in 44 BC.
As the archaeological site was below street level, cats have always found protection among the ruins, whether they are stray or abandoned cats.
Even the Roman actress Anna Magnani, who lived not far away, when she was not prevented by work commitments, personally brought food to the cats of the colony.
This is how the story was born.
Personally, having passed by it a few times by chance, we found this place quite disappointing.
I would say that the place is much more important for the undoubted historical value of the remains of four temples which represent the most important complex of sacred buildings of the Middle and Late Republican age.
Cats? Well! You see them rarely!
Written September 6, 2020
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Karen Savage
Amsterdam, The Netherlands962 contributions
Couples
What a fantastic place! We saw some cats outside lounging on artifacts and then saw the stairs to the cat sanctuary. So many cats! The people working there are very friendly and so caring. I am so happy to see that places like this are helping spay/neuter and vaccinate the cats and get them adopted. ❤️
If you like cats, this is a wonderful place to visit in Rome.
Written February 24, 2020
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Angy D
Glasgow, UK48 contributions
Read about the cat sanctuary so really wanted to visit here, had a look from above first then made our way down the steps to the sanctuary below. We were welcomed by a lady who explained what they do there & how many cats they have in their care. (130) We were invited to see the disabled & blind cats when it was feeding time. They do a fantastic job looking after all the cats , if you love cats this is a great place to visit, you can buy souvenirs from the shop but we chose to leave them a donation.

Written February 16, 2020
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Ruby2000
Manchester, UK111 contributions
Family
We heard about this place while we visited Rome and went to pay a visit. The cat sanctuary is set in a Roman ruins. When we visited we were able to stroke the disabled cats who are cared for in a separate room. We fell in love with the cats and decided to sponsor one. We returned the next day to see him again. If you like cats and Roman ruins you will love this place ! I hope in the future they can make a secure outdoor area for the disabled cats to enjoy as well.
Written August 27, 2020
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