Cat Rating – Scale of 1 to 5
Torre Argentina Roman Cat Sanctuary is perhaps the mother of all cat sanctuaries. Not just because it happens to be in possibly the most perfect location in the world, right in the middle of not only historic Rome, but the spot where Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC, but because it also happens to be a well-run, effective organization clearly with it’s best interests clearly being only the cats.
Largo di Torre Argentina
The sanctuary is not large, but it currently houses 150 cats. There is a small courtyard where the cats are free to roam and visitors are able to enjoy their company. Inside the sanctuary doors they have a main room where they sell souvenirs and the cats hang out, as well as a nursery area behind a gate where the injured and ill cats reside. It is staffed by cat loving volunteers who do a great job not only improving the lives of the cats, but marketing the organization in order to continue helping the cats of Rome. On our first trip we met a very nice volunteer from Texas who took our family to another section, slightly below the sanctuary and off limits to most visitors, where there were more ruins. We feel lucky to have been given a private tour and it’s a memory that will stick with all of us.
2005 visit to "off limits" area of Torre Argentina
There is every kind of cat you can imagine living at the shelter. Many are ill, abused or injured, and it could be heartbreaking experience, but the love and care provided by the staff of volunteers will melt your heart if you’re a cat lover. There is no question that these people love these cats. You will take home some lifelong memories of these beautiful felines, many who have survived nightmare situations, but now clearly know they have a place to call home. Maybe it’s just us, but we get teary eyed every time we go there.
One of the many cared for cats at the shelter
If you’re looking for a rewarding experience that’s fun for the whole family, I’d urge you to visit, play with the lovable cats, and buy a few souvenirs which will go a long way in helping the stray cats of Rome. For more information you can visit their website.