Okay so who doesn’t love kitty cats! Well Rome definitely does. The ancient ruins of Torre Argentina is the place where in 44 BC Julius Ceasar was murdered by Brutus but starting in 1929, when it was excavated, and continuing to this day it is a cat sanctuary for stray cats. Hundreds of cats call it their home sweet home.
Now this may seem like just a story Romans tell to be silly but it’s completely true! There is even a little shelter with a cute old Italian who takes care of the cats in the forum as well as helps people adopt the kitties.
The forum is right in the Heart of Rome. Close to the Vittorio Emmanuel and Capitoline Hill. It’s pretty fantastic to again have something that is so important in Romans history and something so present day like cats to be intermixed into it. I loved standing by the forum and trying to spot as many lil cities as I could. They were all so calm and precious, just hanging out when Ceasar was killed, how very Roman 🙂 Rome also had many postcards and even calendars that had cats sleeping or standing on famous Roman buildings, artifacts and monuments. So fantastic! To read more on the Roman cats visit this website: http://www.romancats.com/index_eng.php
So as far as a ruins to talk about this one had to be it. Ostia Antica, Pompeii and all the other ruins we visited were wonderful but this one deserved a post 🙂