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).

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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?

One comment

  1. I love the Roman cats !

    “Rome, thou art a whole world, it is true, and yet without love this
    World would not be the world, Rome would cease to be Rome…”

    According to Plutarch this was the site of the assassination of Caesar:

    “…the place, however, which was the scene of that struggle and murder, and in which the senate was then assembled, since it contained a statue of Pompey and had been dedicated by Pompey as an additional ornament to his theatre…

    …but when, after taking his seat, Caesar continued to repulse their petitions, and, as they pressed upon him with greater importunity, began to show anger towards one and another of them, Tullius seized his toga with both hands and pulled it down from his neck. This was the signal for the assault. 7 It was Casca who gave him the first blow with his dagger, in the neck, not a mortal wound, nor even a deep one, for which he was too much confused, as was natural at the beginning of a deed of great daring; so that Caesar turned about, grasped the knife, and held it fast. p599 8 At almost the same instant both cried out, the smitten man in Latin: “Accursed Casca, what does thou?” and the smiter, in Greek, to his brother: “Brother, help!”
    So the affair began, and those who were not privy to the plot were filled with consternation and horror at what was going on; they dared not fly, nor go to Caesar’s help, nay, nor even utter a word. 10 But those who had prepared themselves for the murder bared each of them his dagger, and Caesar, hemmed in on all sides, whichever way he turned confronting blows of weapons aimed at his face and eyes, driven hither and thither like a wild beast, was entangled in the hands of all; 11 for all had to take part in the sacrifice and taste of the slaughter. Therefore Brutus also gave him one blow in the groin. 12 And it is said by some writers that although Caesar defended himself against the rest and darted this way and that and cried aloud, when he saw that Brutus had drawn his dagger, he pulled his toga down over his head and sank, either by chance or because pushed there by his murderers, against the pedestal on which the statue of Pompey stood. 13 And the pedestal was drenched with his blood, so that one might have thought that Pompey himself was presiding over this vengeance upon his enemy, who now lay prostrate at his feet, quivering from a multitude of wounds. 14 For it is said that he received twenty-three; and many of the conspirators were wounded by one another, as they struggled to plant all those blows in one body…”

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