Many tourists enjoy visiting Italy but when in Rome, you may see more than just ruins. You may also see cats since Italy allows feral cats to roam freely throughout the land.

Cat ladies are known as the gattare, which means the “cat ladies” of the neighborhood. Initially this term was more of a derogatory word but lately it has turned into a word of regality like duchess or queen. These cat ladies care and feed these stray cats so they won’t go hungry.

The next time you’re in Italy, look for a friendly neighborhood cat. You may find plenty of strays happy to take a hand out from you.

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