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Largo di Torre Argentina, Rome

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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. Take a look at our Rome travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Largo di Torre Argentina and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • It is located approximately 20 minutes from the forum. It contains the ruins of where Julius Caeser was murdered and is also a cat sanctuary presently. The Largo di Torre Argentina is below street lev...  more »
  • It is a space where there are many discovery in the heart of the city. A curious fact is that I have 18 cats! (:-), but outside of the joke, is like the first point that inspires you to start to meet Rome on the spark of imagination and transports you to the past.
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  • If you're near the Pantheon then a few minutes walk will bring you to the ancient republican temples in Largo di Torre Argentina. Dating back to the time of the Republic they are earlier than most of ...  more »
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  • So many cats! If you go down the stairs at the back left corner there is a small store where you can see the cats up close and pet them. You can also support them by buying merchandise or adopting at a distance in which they will email you updates and pictures of your cat for a monthly fee. They take really good care of the cats; some of which have been injured; catching, neutering, and releasing any strays. The cats are really lucky to have the cat sanctuary here!
  • Know what to look for before visiting, it's difficult to get a sense of the ruins by themselves. The cats had food and water plus shade and plenty of hiding places! All the best to them living a rough life in the middle of a busy city.
  • Awesome place for a cat person!!! There are two places for the price of one, you get the open air historical dig site where you can get great pictures of the cats in their 'natural' setting or walk around the park and there will be some stairs where you can go down into a little room that serves as the cats caretakers (yes, that is correct) store / storage room. Here you can buy some cat related knick knacks and stuff!
  • Interesting historic place in the middle of the town. Surround by roads this ruins appear and take you through the time. The interesting part is that was created a refuge for cats and this take them from the streets, feed them and then they can 'walk' through the ruins while you are watching them and think "I would like also walk through this great place". This institution is free entrance and if you wish you can give some money to help them. The cats can be adopted.
  • Not very touristic so good place to get away for some rest, and a fun place to spot cats hiding in the beautiful ruins.

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Where to stay in Rome

For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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