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Largo di Torre Argentina, Rome

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#39 of 459 in Historic Sites in Rome
See the spot where Julius Caesar was assassinated, as well as the ruins of several ancient temples at Largo di Torre Argentina. Walk around the perimeter of the square and enjoy the view of the well-preserved ruins and temples below street level. Read the signs around the border to learn about the history and developments of the sacred area, temples, and surrounding buildings through time. You can clearly see the staircase where Julius Caesar was assassinated, in the Theatre of Pompey. Though you cannot walk through the ruins, you can enjoy a view from all four sides if you walk all the way around. For cat lovers, there is a cat sanctuary as well, where the strays of the city are taken care of and visitors can play with the friendlier felines. Using our international travel planner, Rome attractions like Largo di Torre Argentina can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is the second time I have visited Rome, and did not know this place. The archaeological remains are very nice, but the best thing is that they are home to abandoned cats of Rome. It's a controlled colony of cats in semi-freedom, cared for by a protective of animals located in the same area, which has nursing for cats more sick or older. I call the attention of the cleanliness of the facilities and the care which were animals. By what we commented, various groups including the collective of archaeologists are not agreed on the occupation of this area by cats, since it might disrupt the dignity of a historical monument. On the other hand, I think that the presence of these cats provide an extra attraction to the place, and part volunteer staff keeps everything in perfect condition. No doubt if you are lovers of cats, I recommend visit and providing a donation to keep this initiative which does not receive government aid.
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  • These ruins include the stairs where Julius Ceasar was knifed to death,a hugely important event in the history of Rome. The ruins are not accesible and a major road runs past the sight making it a bit...  more »
  • In the middle of the city lies this little ruin. It's interesting as the site where Julius Caesar was murdered, but as a ruin within itself, not that exciting.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Happy cats, lovely staff. This place has been instrumental in saving, vaccinating and caring for 1,000s and 1,000s of cats from the streets of Rome. Buy a souvenir to show your support :-)
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