History-lovers visiting Rome in 2022 are in for a treat, because the historic Area Sacra in Largo di Torre Argentina is set to undergo extensive restoration work that will make it accessible.
The sunken area is where the remains of four Republican-era temples are located, all built between the second and fourth centuries BCE. The Theatre of Pompey is also located there, with the Curia of Pompey located at its entrance.
The Area Sacra is also famous for housing a colony of hundreds of Rome's stray cats. The cats are fed and cared for by a private non-profit shelter, and visitors love to capture images of them scampering through the ruins. The ruins were uncovered between 1926 and 1930 when the demolishing of medieval houses revealed them underneath.
They are off-limits to humans and can only be viewed from street level, but that will change when the renovations are continued. Work on the archaeological site will see it receiving elevated and lit walkways, footpaths, an elevator and a covered exhibition area. This will allow visitors to enter the sunken site to see the ruins of the temples and a circular monument to the goddess of Fortune.