In the center of old Rome is a block of ruins and artifacts that has been taken over by the cats of Rome. Largo or Torre Argentina is now known as a cat sanctuary and is now regularly visited by folks who care for these inhabitants.
Torre Argentina is located at the intersection of Via Arenula and Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
We used internet to keep contact to woman who took care of our dogs,and to see that our flights are on time and so on.So we needed to find internet.At my guidebooks they were told to be much more expensive,so we came her 3 times,because it was cheap,clean and airconditioned.
It´s at Largo Arenula,close to Largo Argentina
The Jewish quarter
A short pedestrianised street, Via Portico d'Ottavia, is now the heart of what was once Rome's Jewish ghetto. It's a fascinating and atmospheric are, a maze of narrow streets and alleyways with many Roman artefacts incorporated into its old buidlings.
There were Jews in Rome from at least the second century BC, and probably before that, but it was Pope Paul Vl whose laws (in the mid-sixteenth century) made them live in this area, effectively creating a ghetto. They had to wear yellow shawls and caps when they left the district.
Most of Rome's Jews survived the Nazi occupation, and now live all over the city. But along the Via Porto d'Ottavia you can still find kosher restaurants, butchers, bakeries etc (even a kosher fast food outlet), .
Worth wandering through, if only for the fascinating chunks of Roman masonry dotted around (see photos).
Walk from Via Del Teatro di Marcello, or from Via Arenula.
Largo di Torre Argentina
This archeological site in Rome is relatively unknown to most visitors, and yet it has great historical importance, it's centrally located and easy to find, and it's free! Right in the centre of this busy transport hub you can see the remains of four ancient temples that date back to the Republican era, prior to the Roman Empire. The oldest one was built in the 3rd or possibly 4th century B.C. There is still some debate about the exact identification of the temples, and for now they are simply called Temples A, B, C, and, you guessed it, D.
Also visible is the remains of the portico of the Theatre of Pompey, which is actually where Julius Caesar was assassinated. Thanks to Shakespeare, most people think Caesar was killed in the Senate building (the Curia) in the Roman Forum, but the Curia had burned down several years prior, and the Senate was temporarily meeting in the theatre until reconstruction was complete. What's left of the portico is on the west side of the excavated area on Via Arenula. Interestingly, the remains of the theatre itself were used as foundations for later buildings, which is evident because the modern street now curves in a semi-circle, imitating the shape of the theatre. To find this street, head south down Via Arenula, then take the first right (Vicolo de' Chiodaroli). From here you can pass through a small archway to reach Campo de' Fiori.
Largo Argentina is also famous for its cat sanctuary. Cats have been revered in Rome for centuries, possibly starting with Cleopatra's visit here 2,000+ years ago. Volunteer doctors spay and neuter them, and other volunteers help out by feeding the cats (here and around other ruins such as the Forum) or by offering guided tours of the ruins in exchange for a donation to the cat sanctuary. You will see many cats lounging around the ruins here. Check out the website for more information on the sanctuary and on how to volunteer or adopt a cat.
Two day Visit to Rome
Me and my friend has planned a two day's tour to the Rome, we are coming from stockholm Sweden.
Can anybody give us information about
1.What are the good places to see and how to travel to those places.
2.Which will be the best option to saty for one day.
3.is there any Day tour operators?
Thanks in advance.
RE: Two day Visit to Rome
Some friends were in Rome for 3 days last summer. They stayed at a B&B located near the Colosseum. They were pretty satisfied with the price and the accommodations. The only contact info I have is the e-mail addy -
email@example.com - and the proprietor's name - Ms. Marmi Rabboni. I will be contacting her myself coz we are planning to visit Europe in September.
BTW, we were told she speaks English fluently, in addition to Italian...could be helpful in asking for directions.
Good Luck. Enjoy your trip.
RE: RE: Two day Visit to Rome
Central Rome is very, very walkable (all the main sights are fairly close together) and has an excellent transport system (buses/trams/Metro). I wouldn't bother with a guide, just get a good map and explore by yourselves. For example, the Colosseum is only about 20 minutes walk from Termini railway station (and you pass loads of interesting things on the way).
Look at www.venere.com for accommodation and independent reviews. It is (in my experience) a very reliable site (accommodation is mapped, so you can tell where you'll be). Booking (free) through them is easy and the rates they quote are good(and I've had no problems).
RE: Two day Visit to Rome
My wife and I visited Rome in Sept. 2006...loved it! Someone else suggested to use the public transit and I agree. The bus system is easy and quick, get a Rough Guide Map, they have bus route numbers marked on their maps. For only 2 days I think you must decide what is important to you and do it! You can purchase tours of the Roman Forum and Colloseum outside of these monuments. Entrance to the Roman Forum is free but, not the Colloseum. Where to stay?......we stayed in the Largo Argentina area (via Arenula). You are a quick bus ride to all of the big attractions of Rome, if you stay in the center of the city. We didn't do it, but their are double decked tour buses (top open/bottom closed) that travel around Rome. You can get off at any attraction and get back on another bus when you are ready, around 24 Euro per person. Your date of travel may influence your plans. Have a great time in the "Eternal City" ....CIAO!
RE: Two day Visit to Rome
If you want to avoid the really touristy places then go for a walk down the Via Giulia, the Piazza Farnese, Piazza Campo del Fiori (especially during the morning when there's a market. Then walk across to Trastevere see the stunning Santa Maria in Trastevere and walk up to the Palazzo Corsini. It's off the main tourist beat and it really lovely. Have fun!