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.
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.”