The origins of the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary combine a colorful array of ancient Roman history, international cooperation and even a bit of Hollywood!

The Ruins

As you probably know Roman cats have always found shelter amongst the ancient ruins in our city. The numerous postcards here of cats sitting on stumps of old Roman columns, cat napping on the foot of an emperor's statue, or just lounging near the Colosseum testify to the deep rooted image cats have in our city.


Torre Argentina is home to 150 feline friends, sheltered amongst the oldest temples in  Rome (400-300 BC). Seven days a week volunteers, feed, clean and look after them.