Rome Cats

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Stray cat in Rome on old ruins

Law in Rome allows cats to live without disruption in the place they were born. Wild cats can be climbing Some estimates put Rome's cat population at 300,000, and an Italian "biocultural heritage" law-introduced in 1991 dictates that, wherever five or more cats live together in a "natural urban habitat," they can't be moved or chased away.

For cat lovers, there is an extra special part of Rome that is a must see on any visit. Situated amongst the ancient ruins of the Largo di Torre Argentina is a cat sanctuary, which is currently home to over 250 cats.

Known as Largo di Torre Argentina, this archaeological wonder was excavated as part of Mussolini’s rebuilding efforts in 1929, revealing extensive multilevel temples that lie sunken 20 feet below modern street level. After the site was excavated, Rome’s feral cats moved in immediately, as they do all over the city, and the gattare, or cat ladies, began feeding and caring for them.