Largo di Torre Argentina

IMG_2189Today’s post (and tomorrow’s too) is for my daughter, who at times (like much of the internet) can be somewhat cat-obsessed.

Rome is a great place to visit if you are a cat lover. That’s because there is a square downtown, Largo di Torre Argentina,  that has been set aside as a sanctuary for the city’s strays (and you can adopt one if you so desire).


There are always people on the sidewalk looking over the ruins and watching the cats.

When I first saw this place, in 2009, I remember I looked up its history and how it became a feline sanctuary. None of that information has been retained in my memory, which I suppose shows where cats rate as far as my mental processes are concerned.

It is an intriguing archeological site, and as I recall there are still ongoing excavations of the Roman temples that were on this site more than two millennia ago. The cats have free rein to come and go as they please, and there are always tourists around ready to pamper them or contribute for their upkeep.

Rome is a city with a history that goes back almost 3,000 years. Cats have been part of that history for its entire time. It is nice to see that they can have a place of their own. You may not see the cats in all of the pictures, unless you look closely.

So much of the internet seems to be cat oriented. If you like these pictures please feel free to re-tweet, repost or whatever you can to boost the audience for this post. I’m kind of curious to see if you can make it go viral, whatever that means. Yes, that is a shameless bit of self-promotion, but why else would I post pictures of cats?

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