Largo di Torre Argentina is a square in Rome, Italy, with four Roman Republican temples and the remains of Pompey's Theatre. It is in the ancient Campus Martius.
The name of the square comes from the Torre Argentina, which takes its name from the city of Strasbourg whose Latin name was Argentoratum. In 1503, the Papal Master of Ceremonies Johannes Burckardt, who came from Strasbourg and was known as "Argentinus", built in via del Sudario a palace (now at number 44), called Casa del Burcardo, to which the tower is annexed.
Pietro Bergamaschini | Apr 30, 2018
A large square with at the center finds of ancient Rome. Looking south to the right the famous Teatro Argentina. Place where there are notable theatrical activities and shows. The square is the place where Caesar was killed. Within the historical area there is an association that deals with cats that can be taken for adoption. Healthy and vaccinated cats. Nerve point of exchange of various and numerous day and night bus lines.
Horea Poenar | Apr 6, 2018
An exceptional place through its singular combination of Roman ruins and a shelter for hundreds of cats. Any animal lover should visit this place, especially as most cats are offered for adoption. They add to the ruins a certain aura and an emotional dimension. This is also a good example of why ancient monuments can and should function not just as a sign from and of the past, but as a space for (the) living.
aber105631 | Mar 14, 2018
This site is interesting because of its historical significance. It is the supposed death place of Julius Caesar. The ruins are not open to the public and there really isn't much to see from the street level. There is also a cat sanctuary here where one can adopt a cat, or just try to pet them if one is so inclined.
Sharn Rayment | Mar 14, 2018
What a lovely place. Great to see lots of cars happily roaming the ruins during the day, and even better to meet all of the cats hanging out in the shelter underground. The staff are friendly and informative.
Brigid Marasco | Apr 24, 2018
Most visitors appear to be primarily captivated by the cats as the ruins are an official cat sanctuary. The ruins themselves seem to rate only secondary interest and the fact that Julius Caesar was assassinated in this area during the Ides of March in 44BCE appears to be largely unknown. The reputed spot where he was stabbed 23 times, when the Senate was meeting in the Theatre of Pompey (the usual senate building was being renovated at the time to allow for more senators) is marked by a pine tree on Via di Torre Argentina, roughly opposite the ruins of the circular temple.
Matthew Wicks | May 14, 2018
The historical site is nice, but what this place really has going for it is its care for stray cats. The people here take in stray cats that they find around the city, vaccinate them, give them appropriate medical treatment, and care for them. Most of the cats that they care for are special needs, and they have an entire separate section for cats with vision problems, many of which are also available for adoption. Its a very wholesome and caring environment where you feel that the cats are happy and treated very well.
Pamela Chen | May 28, 2018
A hidden gem in Rome, especially for visitors who are missing their meows at home. Try to go when the underground sanctuary is open to learn more about this smart and thoughtful system they’ve come up with where everyone wins. But any time of the day you can stop by and watch happy cats sleeping, stalking each other, and chasing butterflies in this dream playground of Roman relics.
Josh Goldstein | May 22, 2018
Really great site that doesn't get too crowded. It is hilarious because there is a huge wild cat colony in the ruin. They climb all over it. Also close to other must see areas. Plus it visually is the location of the assassination of Julius Caesar.
Daniela Collier | May 12, 2018
Cat santuary within ancient Roman ruins. Also the site of Julius Caesars murder. There is a place on site down some steps where you can purchase items to help support the care of these feral cats. The organization feeds and provides medical care for all cats on site. The have a catch, spay/neuter and release type program. They do keep injured cats inside at all times that are not healthy enough to live outside. It is a little smelly inside their base of care but worth the visit. You can adopt cats from a distance which means you choose a cat and pay $15 euro a month to help care for it and it is possible to adopt the cats to return home with you but they have a strict policy and review process. They tell you all about the cats they house and you can go in and pet them. There are a couple social ones that sit just outside the protected area that you can pet as well but most are inside.
Jes Jes | Jul 1, 2018
Just amazinc to be wondering a bit lost in Rome, then suddenly you're in front of this ancient ruins part dating back to 4th Century BC. And over on the other side of the pink buildings is where Pompey's theatre was way back when... and where Caesar was murdered. Just like that. Largo di Torre Argentina - is so representative of Rome. The ancient with the contemporary. Also, the place is a sanctuary for homeless cats - individual kindness amongst the chaos that is Rome .
Arron Berry | Aug 4, 2018
Feels like a missed opportunity. Probably more and better preserved ruins than most countries possess, but looks like they have plans but not just yet. Good to see though
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