Imagine you’re going to visit Rome and soak in its history. You think you’re going to tread the stairs where Julius Caesar was assassinated? Think again, because the area is prohibited. Prohibited to humans, that is, at least for now. It’s the site of Colonia Felina di Torre Argentina, Rome’s oldest cat sanctuary!
Bystanders can view the temple complex known as Largo di Torre Argentina from the fenced-off street, but according to Conde Nast Traveler, after a $1.1 million restoration process, the sanctuary will open to tourists in the second half of 2021. For now, the only living things allowed in the sacred area (area sacra) are feral cats.
These are privileged felines, although they themselves do not consider the history of their home. Read about this unique sanctuary at Mental Floss.