January 17, 2013
What a subway car looks like in Rome: quite a bit more modern than NYC, but the routes cover much less of the city and are not 24 hours.

What a subway car looks like in Rome: quite a bit more modern than NYC, but the routes cover much less of the city and are not 24 hours.

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December 5, 2012

When I visited Rome last summer, my favorite part was not the Vatican or the Colosseum or any of the other famous sites, but the Largo di Torre Argentina — a cat shelter. Actually, it’s more notable for being the ruins of a theater where Julius Caesar was reportedly stabbed to death. But today, it’s basically a roaming area for stray cats, who sunbathe on the columns and are fed and cared for by volunteers who maintain a shelter inside the ruins. Maybe it’s because after five days in Rome, all the ruins look the same and so Torre Argentina stands out for having cats…but I probably went there 10 times while I was in Rome (it is also near a major tram stop) and it was by far the most entertaining public site I saw. And the volunteers obviously work hard to take care of the cats. According to NPR, however, the shelter is in danger of being closed:

Now, two decades after the shelter was created, national archaeological officials say it’s illegal and must go — although the cats themselves can stay. Dequel is dismayed. “If I leave these cats here, who sterilizes them? They wouldn’t go to doctor and say, ‘Hi, doctor, sterilize me,’ or ‘vaccinate me,’ or [to] be fed.”

Read the rest of the NPR story here. The following photos are from my Flickr account:


What's better than Roman ruins? Cats on Roman ruins.

There's a traditional shelter underground for the cats too.

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October 11, 2012
Gelato break in Rome, Italy

Gelato break in Rome, Italy

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September 15, 2012
A baby carriage in Florence, Italy

A baby carriage in Florence, Italy

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September 4, 2012
Balloons blowing, in Perugia, Italy (taken during the International Journalism Festival)

Balloons blowing, in Perugia, Italy (taken during the International Journalism Festival)

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September 2, 2012
Florence reflected at night

Florence reflected at night

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August 6, 2012
The Vatican Obelisk

The Vatican Obelisk

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July 31, 2012
Crowds at the via del Corso, near the Spanish Steps. Rome, Italy

Crowds at the via del Corso, near the Spanish Steps. Rome, Italy

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July 18, 2012
Rome alleyway 

Rome alleyway 

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July 10, 2012
Pomeranian, at the Leonardo Da Vinci museum in Rome

Pomeranian, at the Leonardo Da Vinci museum in Rome

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July 8, 2012
Rome alleyway, into the sunset

Rome alleyway, into the sunset

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July 2, 2012
Rome metro, Spagna stop. Not nearly as versatile as NYC’s subway, but pretty clean.

Rome metro, Spagna stop. Not nearly as versatile as NYC’s subway, but pretty clean.

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June 28, 2012
Florence on the River

Florence on the River

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June 26, 2012
Plaza in Florence, Italy

Plaza in Florence, Italy

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June 15, 2012
Finally uploaded a few more photos from Italy this morning. Here’s the Colosseum…WITH SEGWAYS.

Finally uploaded a few more photos from Italy this morning. Here’s the Colosseum…WITH SEGWAYS.

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