When I discovered there was a cat cafe in Rome, I knew I had to visit it. The Romeow Cat Bistrot, or Romeow for short, is described by Romeing (a website dedicated to all things Rome),
“Visitors dine in the company of the six adorable cats wandering freely on-site, usually napping on armrests or purring past your legs. The atmosphere is relaxed and well attuned to the needs of its human visitors and non-human residents. The bistro offers an entirely vegan menu, artisan beers and organic wines. Many of the items on the menu are also raw and gluten free, and so this is the perfect place to come for anyone with dietary requirements.” (Read more here).
Romeow is everything I could ever want in a cafe; it had very quirky decor and laidback vibe, filled with cats (six to be exact), and had delicious food (vegan and gluten free). I ordered a Latte di cocco mango e vaniglia (cocoa milk, mango, and vanilla) smoothie and tiramisu, which were both excellent.
My only complaint would be that the food and drinks were a little more pricey than your average cafe, but still well worth the extra cost as they catered to specific dietary needs. I highly suggest it for a quick meal between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner.
You can check out Romeow’s website here and make sure you like them on Facebook too!
The Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary is located near the spot where Julius Caesar was killed in the Largo di Torre Argentina. There are currently 160 cats living in the sanctuary, which is staffed by 20 or so volunteers who work tirelessly to care for the felines.
Free of charge, you can visit the shelter and its furry residents. You can support the shelter by purchasing mugs, shirts, and other handmade products made by the volunteers. You can also symbolically adopt one of the cats.
According to their website,
“As you probably know Roman cats have always found shelter amongst the ancient ruins in our city. The numerous postcards here of cats sitting on stumps of old Roman columns, cat napping on the foot of an emperor's statue, or just lounging near the Colosseum testify to the deep rooted image cats have in our city.”
You can visit the shelter for a quick stop to pet the cats, volunteer, or walk around the ruins and see where Julius Caesar was killed. It’s quick and easy, and a must-see for any cat lover visiting Rome.
The Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary is located on the corner of Via Florida and Via di Torre Argentina. You can read more about the Sanctuary here.
Now to be clear I'm not the type of person to get super into mobile games, but Neko Atsume is great. It's an app that lets you furnish a virtual backyard and if you leave out little bows of food, virtual cats will come. It's a low maintenance game and plus tiny virtual kittens! Download from the App Store now for cats galore.