Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary

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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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12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: 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 neighbourhood 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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GlasgowWriter
Glasgow, UK34 contributions
Love Rome? Love Cats? Love archaeological sites? Well, my friend, I have a place for you! They take good care of the cats here, especially the disabled ones.
Written 29 July 2022
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Bex841
Edinburgh, UK43 contributions
Couples
A must for cat lovers. Visit the Roman ruins and see the lovely cats who have made them their home. Make sure to buy something like a bag, shirt or calendar to keep this great charity running!
Written 10 July 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,620 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 7 July 2022
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Charlie C
Sheffield, UK267 contributions
Couples
This is free experience in the centre of Rome, we spent a good half an hour trying to see how many cats we could spot, I believe there is a small ship but we did not visit this, we’d recommend visiting early afternoon as this is when most of the cats will be visible.
Written 19 June 2022
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Luac84
Brighton, UK498 contributions
Amazing Cat Sanctuary in Rome.

We stumbled across Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary while walking around Rome, we didn't go inside as it was too early (they open around 12) but you can watch the cats happily relaxing amongst the ruins from above.

We regret not going back as the sanctuary relies on donations to look after the cats, great if you are a cat lover... oh and the site is where Julius Caesar was murdered by members of the Roman Senate.
Written 19 May 2022
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AmyLJ
South Wales, UK262 contributions
Couples
What an amazing job the volunteers do here. We loved it so much we went 3 times during our weekend stay! The cats are happy and so well looked after and are safe from harm roaming around the ruins! Be sure to leave a donation, they rely solely on them and they really do deserve every penny.
Written 18 May 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 1 May 2022
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louj999
Egremont, UK551 contributions
Couples
Go and support this very worthy cause. As a cat lover it’s great to see cats being well cared for and be able to make a donation to the great work they are doing.
Written 23 April 2022
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Maisy
Essex, UK28 contributions
Couples
Lovely spot to stop in if you’re a cat lover! The cats are fed well, soft beds and lots of attention. Please bare in mind these are/were stray cats they have rescued so not all want much of a fuss.
Written 21 April 2022
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Libby B
Limassol City, Cyprus12 contributions
Family
So lovely to visit. You can't actually access the ruins but there's a small courtyard and room you can go in to see the cats.
Written 15 April 2022
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