Roman Cat Sanctuary

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  • Address: Rome, Italy
  • Timings: 12:00 pm - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +39-668805611
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 00:45 Mins
  • Tags: Family And Kids

Moving on from the more contemporary tourist destinations that are commonly associated with this majestic city, let’s take a look at those places that are not included in the tourist guide. The Roman Cat Sanctuary in the Largo di Torre Argentina excavation site is quite an unusual place to visit while in Rome.

An interesting piece of trivia is that over three hundred thousand cats have found their home in the city. A lot of these stray cats can be found in the Torre Argentina excavation site. Here, the locals indulge in taking care of the cats.

Tourists can visit this location to see a truly wonderful sight where the citizens of Rome and enthusiastic visitors can mingle with these cats, play with them, feed them and spend a lazy afternoon in the midst of these furry animals. 

  • Other contact number: + 39 3409862294
  • Guided tours are available.

  • 10 minutes from Barberini station, Line A

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  • Roman Cat Sanctuary Address: Rome, Italy
  • Roman Cat Sanctuary Contact Number: +39-668805611
  • Roman Cat Sanctuary Timing: 12:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Roman Cat Sanctuary Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Roman Cat Sanctuary(preferred time): 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Roman Cat Sanctuary: 00:45 Mins
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  • 11.17% of people who visit Rome include Roman Cat Sanctuary in their plan

  • 42.37% of people start their Roman Cat Sanctuary visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Roman Cat Sanctuary

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

93.4% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Roman Cat Sanctuary

People normally club together Piazza Del Popolo and San Lorenzo while planning their visit to Roman Cat Sanctuary.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • You can not directly access the site, however it does indeed home many cats who are fed and cared for by caretakers/employees. There are plaques offering insight about the building origins, however these are connected to the street/sidewalk so in busy periods you may have to wait. But with being in walking distance of other landmarks such as Altar of the Fatherland, this can easily be incorporated into your walking route.

  • We truly enjoyed to find these ruins and then to finally discover cats among the ruins - the famous cats of Rome but nowhere else could these cats be seen. We've also visited the cat sanctuary at the corner of it where nice people really take a good care of stray cats. They completely do their activity from donation. Actually, I've gave this place a five firstly because we hadn't put these ruins on the "must visit" list, still, these ruins were also impressive and the five is also because of cats - my family is a cat lover family ;))

  • Known for being the place where the famous phrase "You too, Brutus?" was uttered by Julius Caesar when he was murdered. The actual spot is right under the tallest tree. Area of the ruins is also famous for large furry cats that apparently come out at night from the many hiding places among the ruins especially on the sides.

  • Beautiful sanctuary amongst some ancient ruins located in a really lovely area of Rome, what the people do there is awesome and the cats are so well looked after, go in a meet them all, each kitty is unique. Buy a shirt or even adopt one to assist with contributing to a great cause, I'd suggest also taking with you a few antibacterial wipes or visiting the nearby pharmacy for some, because a few of the kitties can be really playful and you might get a few scratches, nothing to worry about of course as all the cats are clean and well-looked after. Brilliant place. 🙏🏻

  • If you like cats or ruins this is a fun place to visit in Rome. Best if you like cats on ruins! You cannot enter the ruins and they are perhaps not the best kept in Rome or the most impressive, but you can admire them from the sides and they are not without their charm. The stray cats that roam the ruins, playing, sleeping, sunning themselves and generally doing cat things, definitely add to that charm. If you are in the area the Feral Feline Colonies cat sanctuary is also worth a visit. The entrance is in the corner of the square where Via di Torre Argentina and Via Florida meet.

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