A cat napping in front of the spot where Caesar was killed on the in 44bce. (via
Even cooler: there’s actually a cat shelter in these ruins. This is a big rectangular hole in the ground, with traffic on all sides. The walls in the background — where the arches are — lead to areas under the road for storage and whatnot. But on one side of the rectangle, that area is a cat shelter. You go down the stairs, then duck into a door and KITTIES EVERYWHERE. The healthy ones can come and go as they please, and they have a second room full of disabled/sick kitties where visitors are encouraged to stay as long as they like to give them love. One of my favorite memories of Rome was sitting on the cool tile floor there, where a tiny blind black cat plopped on lap and started purring happily.