Cats have been considered sacred since ancient times, and during the Medieval period they were thought to bring misfortune. In modern days, they get a day in their honour, particularly in Rome where they have always been an integral part of the city.
What would ancient Roman ruins be without their loyal feline friends who can always be found seeking shelter near the city’s monuments?
Furry, mischievous and loveable, felines are an integral part of the Colosseum, its columns and white marbles. They roam, undistributed, throughout the public squares and marble statues of the city’s Capitoline Hill.
WHAT WOULD ANCIENT ROMAN RUINS BE WITHOUT
THEIR LOYAL FELINE FRIENDS WHO CAN ALWAYS BE
FOUND SEEKING SHELTER NEAR THE CITY’S MONUMENTS?
If you take a photo of the Eternal City and look carefully, you will discover that the picture not only shows the beauty of Rome. In a corner sprawled among the eternal ruins, you will find a lovable cat that looks directly into the camera.
In fact, Rome takes first place in Italy for the number of cats it is home to (almost 8,000). Turin comes in second place, followed by Naples.
Felines in the capital city don’t need a day dedicated to them because they have the sanctuary! The Torre Argentina, an archaeological site, is a cat sanctuary where volunteers take care of stray felines.
Largo Torre argentina
Foro Romano - Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rome, 1959
Piazza di Spagna