November 4, 2023
Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary, Rome
If you’re a cat lover and interested in history, a visit to the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary can be a rewarding and unique experience when visiting Rome. It’s a place where you can see the fusion of ancient Roman history and the modern-day care for cats come together in a special way.
The Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary, also known as “Cat Sanctuary of Rome” or “Largo di Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary,” is a well-known cat sanctuary located in the historic centre of Rome, Italy. It is situated in the ancient archaeological site of Largo di Torre Argentina, which includes a complex of four Republican Roman temples and the remains of the Theatre of Pompey, where Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC.
The sanctuary was established in the 1990s, and it is dedicated to the care and protection of stray and abandoned cats in Rome. The site provides shelter, food, and medical care for hundreds of cats, and it is run by a dedicated team of volunteers. The cats living in the sanctuary are often former strays or cats with special needs some of which are blind. The sanctuary also plays a role in promoting the adoption of these cats to loving homes.
One of the unique aspects of the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary is that it is open to the public, allowing visitors to interact with the cats and even consider adopting them. It relies on donations and support from visitors to maintain its operations and continue caring for the feline residents. The sanctuary serves as a testament to the city’s love for its feline population and its commitment to animal welfare.
After seeing the sanctuary on Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of The World, and the great work they do, I really wanted to go. I took a long a copy of my recently translated book while I was there.
The sanctuary has a small selection of things to buy, which include things like t-shirts, calendars, cards, and the profits go towards caring for the cats.
Everyday: 12pm – 4.30pm
Find out more by visiting Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary’s website.