It’s difficult to answer “what was the highlight?” upon the return of a three-week trip to Italy. Truly, the entire time was one big megawatt spotlight highlight.
Fabulous food – check.
Lovely people – check.
Glorious scenery – check.
Sense of awe and wonder – beyond expectation.
Though I’m finding it impossible to name a favorite moment or place, I can say that Gatti di Roma was the most surprising highlight. Also known as the Roman Cat Sanctuary, Gatti di Roma is located at Torre Argentina, where about 250 spayed and neutered feline friends are sheltered among ancient Roman temple ruins.
I came across this lovely spot when walking to my hotel after sightseeing at the Colosseum and Forum. The sanctuary is open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m. Volunteers hailing from a number of countries (including the United States) run the shelter – feed, clean, look after the cats.
Check out their Web site. And, if you are going to Rome, they have a wonderful items that make great souvenirs.